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Blitz Planned For Underground Mines

  • Issued: October 29, 2012
  • Content last reviewed: October 2012
  • See also: Mining | Backgrounder

The Ministry of Labour will focus on hazards at underground mines in Northern and southern Ontario this fall.

In November and December, Ministry of Labour mining inspectors will check on hazards involving systems used to transfer ore (rock containing metal or minerals) inside underground mines. Hazards can lead to injury and death of workers.

The inspectors will check that:

  • Adequate procedures are in place and being used to protect workers from hazards.
  • Water is being controlled to prevent hazards.
  • Equipment is well designed and maintained in good condition.
  • Workers are warned of hazards.

The blitz is part of the McGuinty government's Safe At Work Ontario enforcement strategy to increase compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and its regulations.


Since 2008, ministry inspectors have conducted more than 345,000 field visits, 47 inspection blitzes and issued more than 560,000 compliance orders in Ontario workplaces.


Read more about the underground mining workplace blitz in the Ministry of Labour's backgrounder.

Learn more about the ministry's mining health and safety resources.

Learn about the ministry's Mining Sector Plan 2012-2013.

Matt Blajer, Communications Branch, 416-326-7405
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