Ontario Committed to Preventing Workplace Injuries
Ontario has launched a two-month, province-wide safety blitz targeting the use of explosives in mines.
In July and August, inspectors will visit underground and surface mines, as well as quarries. They will check that the mines have proper procedures in place to keep workers safe while using, handling and storing explosives.
Mining inspectors will also ensure employers are complying with the Occupational Health and Safety Act by confirming:
"The safety of workers in Ontario is our top priority. Blitzes such as this one ensure that we continue to do what we can to prevent injuries and deaths so men and women get home safely to their families each and every night."
— Kevin Flynn, Minister of Labour
"Hazards involving explosives used in mines can result in serious injuries as well as damage to property. The goal of the blitz is to raise awareness of these hazards and encourage the industry to comply with the law. We continue to work to improve health and safety at Ontario mines."
— George Gritziotis, Chief Prevention Officer
Read more about Ontario’s Safe At Work Ontario strategy to improve workplace safety.
Learn about the ministry's Mining Sector Plan 2014-2015.
Craig MacBride, Minister’s Office, 416-326-7709
Bruce Skeaff, Communications Branch, 416-326-7405
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