Long after the bags were packed and delegates returned home – some amid rainfall warnings – those who attended the 2013 Mining Health and Safety Conference hosted by Workplace Safety North in Sudbury last month will remember some excellent speakers and presentations, as well as enjoyable reunions with friends old and new.
We laughed ’til our sides ached as Dr. Linda Duxbury made sure we could all relate to ‘Generational Differences in the Workplace’ regardless of the year you were born or your taste in music. More than one of us shed a tear during the emotional video ‘Dumas Rocks’ and clapped in admiration for those brave singing and dancing miners.
The one thing that’s not surprising about this tight-knit group of miners is their enduring passion and dedication to health and safety in the workplace. The conference sold out for the first time in its history, indicating an increased attention and focus by both employer and worker on mining health and safety.
Proceedings from the 2013 Mining Health and Safety Conference are also available.
Some photos of the conference highlights are shown below.
Opening reception 2013 Mining Health and Safety Conference.
Conference registration gets underway.
Welcoming remarks by WSN President & CEO Candys Ballanger-Michaud.
Conference MC Rick Banting, WSN Electrical-Mechanical Specialist.
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Joe Hallinan talked about ‘Why We Make Mistakes.’
The misspelled ‘Stop’ slide from Joe Hallinan’s presentation ‘Why We Make Mistakes’ had the crowd chuckling.
Dr. Peter Strahlendorf explains what the Internal Responsibility System is and isn’t. The dedicated doctor also dropped in at CBC Morning North newsroom earlier that same morning for an interview with Markus Schwabe promoting the importance of IRS and the mining health and safety conference.
An audience favourite, Dr. Linda Duxbury gave a compelling presentation on ‘Generational Differences in the Workplace’ and had us wondering if she wasn’t also a stand-up comedian.
The first full day of the conference wrapped with an afternoon trade show, providing an excellent networking opportunity and a chance to explore the latest offerings from mining health and safety suppliers.
Centre for Research in Occupational Safety and Health (CROSH) team from Laurentian University, Alison Godwin, Tammy Eger and Michel Lariviere, provided fascinating research highlights as well as future directions in research for the organization.
Research team Aleksander Tonkovich, Weldon Li, and William Altenhof from the University of Windsor after their presentation, ‘A Multifaceted Approach to Enhanced Mining Wheel and Tire Safety.’
Researcher A.J. Boulay from Laurentian University gave an interesting talk on ‘Persuasive Social Networks in Mining Health and Safety.’ Stay tuned for an article from AJ in a future newsletter.
Dr. Mary Waller talked about the importance of team dynamics as it relates to emergency situations in her fascinating presentation, ‘Interaction Dynamics and Mine Rescue Team Performance.’
Corrie Pitzer, president and CEO of SAFEMap, ended the conference on an inspiring note with his presentation on ‘Humans: The strongest link in the safety chain.’