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Safety Blitz Targets Mines

McGuinty Government Keeping Workers Safe, Preventing Injuries

  • Issued: June 1, 2011
  • Content last reviewed: June 2011
  • See also: Mining


Ontario is helping mining workers stay safe at work, as the province kicks off a blitz of surface diamond drill operations in the North.

Throughout June, Ontario will increase inspections at surface diamond drill sites to ensure employers are complying with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and workers are:

  • Protected from on-site hazards such as exposed drill parts;
  • Using proper safety measures, equipment and procedures to prevent injuries;
  • Properly trained and supervised on jobs.

Protecting diamond drill workers is part of the government's continued commitment to preventing workplace injuries through its Safe at Work Ontario strategy.


“ Our government is committed to eliminating all workplace injuries. Workers have a right to return home each day, safe and sound.”
—Charles Sousa, Minister of Labour


  • Since January 2009, the number of workers engaged in surface diamond drilling has increased by 64 per cent – from 803 to 1,320 workers
  • Since 2008, Ontario safety inspectors conducted 30 proactive inspection blitzes across all sectors.


Greg Dennis, Minister’s Office, 416-326-7710
Matt Blajer, Communications Branch, 416-326-7405