Mining inspectors will blitz surface mines across Ontario in July.
The increased enforcement is part of the province’s Safe At Work Ontario strategy, launched in June 2008.
The inspectors will focus on hazards involving haulage of materials found in surface mining operations and the equipment used in the movement and transportation of that material.
These hazards can endanger the health and safety of workers.
Aggregate material – made up of stone, sand and gravel – is mined at thousands of pits and quarries in Ontario. This material is used to build roads and in nearly all residential, commercial and industrial construction.
Since 2000, 10 workers have died in pits and quarries in Ontario. Two of them were involved in incidents related to rock crushing, screening and conveying processes. During the same period, 61 workers were seriously injured in pits and quarries. Four workers were involved in incidents related to rock crushing, screening and conveying processes.
Hauling hazards can include:
Ministry of Labour inspectors will target pits and quarries:
Inspectors will take enforcement action, as appropriate, for any contraventions found under the Occupational Health and Safety Act and its regulations.
The blitz will be held to:
Inspectors will focus on the following key priorities:
Greg Dennis, Minister’s Office, 416-326-7710
Matt Blajer, Communications Branch, 416-326-7405
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