Disclaimer: This resource has been prepared to help the workplace parties understand some of their obligations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and regulations. It is not legal advice. It is not intended to replace the OHSA or the regulations. For further information please see full disclaimer.
The Ministry of Labour (MOL) enforces and promotes awareness of safety measures to improve the safety of workers at surface mines across Ontario.
Significant hazards exist at surface mines. These include hazards involving:
Since 2000, 10 workers have died in pits and quarries in Ontario. Two of them were in incidents involving rock crushing, screening and conveying processes. During the same period, 61 workers were seriously injured in pits and quarries. Four workers were in incidents involving rock crushing, screening and conveying processes.
Employers are required to provide information, instruction and supervision to workers at surface mines to protect their health and safety.
To comply, seasonally–operated surface mines usually arrange safety meetings and refresher training for returning workers at the beginning of season.
Employers must also:
The following are examples of additional employers' duties from the Regulation for Mines and Mining Plants under the OHSA:
The following are some examples of supervisors' duties under the OHSA:
The following are some examples of workers' duties under the OHSA:
It is the responsibility of all workplace parties to comply with the OHSA and its regulations.
For more information on legal responsibilities, please visit E-laws.
Workplace parties are required to take measures to address common vehicle hazards at surface mines, including:
Call 1–877–202–0008 any time to report critical injuries, fatalities or work refusals. Call 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday for general inquiries about workplace health and safety. Always call 911 in an emergency.