2013 Mining Health and Safety Conference wrap-up report and photos

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

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.

 

Groups of people at Opening reception 2013 WSN Mining Health and Safety Conference at Sudbury Holiday Inn solarium

Opening reception 2013 Mining Health and Safety Conference.

 

Participants at registration table for 2013 Mining Health and Safety Conference 

Conference registration gets underway.

 

Welcoming remarks by WSN President & CEO Candys Ballanger-Michaud.

Welcoming remarks by WSN President & CEO Candys Ballanger-Michaud.

 

Conference MC Rick Banting, WSN Electrical-Mechanical Specialist.

Conference MC Rick Banting, WSN Electrical-Mechanical Specialist.

 

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Joe Hallinan

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.

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

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 onstage giving her presentation.

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.

 

Conference participants visiting trade show booths in hotel solarium

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.

Two staff standing in front of 3M trade show booth

 

Three Laurentian University professors

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.  

 

Three University of Windsor professors

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 AJ Boulay from Laurentian University

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

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

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.’

 

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