Coleman Mine work stoppage over, employees back on the job
Workers complained of smoky smell underground, Ministry of Labour issued 12 work orders
Operations at Vale's Coleman Mine resumed yesterday following a work stoppage last week.
The Ministry of Labour was notified on Wednesday that workers were complaining of smelling smoke.
The Ministry issued 12 work orders following an inspection of the site, including six stop work orders. All of the orders had to be met by Vale before work was allowed to resume.
According to a statement from Vale, it turns out that heated conditions in the nearby Levack Mine resulted in the smoky odour underground at Coleman.
Ventilation repairs and controls have been put in place at the Levack Mine.
About 500 people work at the Coleman operation.