Mining Health Safety and Prevention Review: what's happening now
One year after 18 recommendations were made to improve mine safety in Ontario, the province has moved forward on 11 of them.
An update about the Mining Health, Safety and Prevention Review was given to delegates yesterday at a conference underway in Sudbury.
The review was started in 2014, after pressure from the United Steelworkers union and the families of two men who died while working in a Sudbury mine.
The Ministry of Labour's mining engineer, Bob Barclay, said some recommendations have led to more discussions.
For example, Barclay said a review done on underground mining is prompting officials to see if something similar could be done for surface mining.
Once a recommendation is implemented, it's still important to continue to think about and review mine safety, said George Gritziotis, chief prevention officer with the Ontario Ministry of Labour.
"Looking at the age of mines [and] going deeper, what might have been a ground control issue 20 years ago would be a different ground control issue today," he said.
Keeping an eye on new technology, and maintaining a "leading-edge, forward-looking approach to health and safety" is part of that ongoing review process, he added.
Gritziotis said that in the next year, the remaining seven recommendations will move ahead.