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Summer Safety Blitz Targets Mine Traffic

Ontario Committed To Preventing Workplace Injuries

  • Issued: July 10, 2015
  • Content last reviewed: July 2015
  • See also: Backgrounder | Mining

NEWS

Ontario will focus on motor vehicles and mobile equipment during a two-month enforcement blitz at underground and surface mines across Ontario this summer.

In July and August, 2015, mining inspectors and engineers will target traffic control hazards that could result in workers being injured or killed. Inspectors will check that employers are complying with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and its regulations. This includes checking that the mines have good traffic control policies and procedures in place to protect workers.

Mines use motor vehicles such as locomotives and haulage trucks, and mobile equipment such as loaders and excavators.Traffic control measures are used when the vehicle or equipment operator’s visibility is limited, a situation that can put “pedestrians” (workers on foot) at risk of injury.

Good preventative measures can include:

  • proper reflective clothing for workers
  • effective illumination
  • monitoring work conditions
  • good education and training

Protecting mine workers is part of the government's continued commitment to prevent workplace injuries and illness through its Safe At Work Ontario strategy.

QUOTES

"Our government is committed to preventing injuries and illnesses in Ontario mines. In addition to this blitz and others, we have accepted all the recommendations of the recent comprehensive mining safety review to improve mine workers’ health and safety. All workers deserve to be safe on the job, and this blitz will help ensure they are."
– Kevin Flynn, Minister of Labour

"Workers can be at risk of serious injury or death if hazards exist involving motor vehicles and mobile equipment at mines. We must all work together to improve the health and safety of mine workers. Along with government, employers, labour groups and workers all have a role and responsibility in preventing injury and illness."
– George Gritziotis, Chief Prevention Officer

QUICK FACTS

  • All workers have the right to refuse unsafe work under the Occupational Health and Safety Act. Workers can report unsafe work to the Ministry of Labour any time by calling the Health and Safety Contact Centre at 1-877-202-0008. In an emergency, always call 911 immediately.
  • Between 2000 and 2014, 12 workers died in Ontario mines as a result of incidents involving motor vehicles and mobile equipment.
  • The Ministry of Labour has completed four other mining blitzes since January 2014: water management, ground stability, explosives in mines and hoisting plants.
  • Since 2008, ministry inspectors have conducted more than 345,000 field visits, and 70 inspection blitzes and inspectors have issued more than 560,000 compliance orders in Ontario workplaces.

LEARN MORE

Read more about Ontario’s Safe At Work Ontario strategy to improve workplace safety.

Read about the Mining Health, Safety and Prevention Review led by Ontario’s Chief Prevention Officer.

Craig MacBride, Minister’s Office, 416-326-7709
William Lin, Communications Branch, 416-326-7405

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