Ministry of Labour inspectors will visit underground mines across the province in October and November to check for hazards and help prevent the collapse of excavated rock areas to keep miners safe.
Provincial mining inspectors and engineers will focus on ensuring that mines have proper controls and measures in place to prevent rock collapses as well as to prevent "rockbursts."
Their inspections will also focus on:
- How an excavation is designed, including how it will be dug out and structurally supported.
- Whether uncontrolled falls of ground or rockbursts are being reported to the Ministry of Labour
- If a formal program exists between supervisors and workers for communicating issues involving stability of excavations
Mine safety is a priority for the Ontario government. Six new mining regulations have been enacted and 11 blitzes focused on the mining sector have also been conducted in the past five years targeting safety gear, ventilation systems, loading pocket and internal responsibility systems.