Workplace health and safety snapshot for Ontario mining sector in 2018

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

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Workplace Health and Safety Snapshot for Ontario Mining Sector in 2018 – download and print

Infographic of mining health and safety statistics for 2018

Employing more than 22,000 full-time workers, the Ontario mining sector experienced zero traumatic fatalities, and 12 fatalities from occupational disease in 2018, according to allowed claims at the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB). 

The data was obtained from the WSIB Enterprise Information Warehouse regarding work-related injury and illness claims for mining rate groups served by Workplace Safety North (WSN).

Of the 906 total injuries, 131 were severe enough to require one or more days off work. The 2018 mining health and safety infographic indicates the majority of events that resulted in a lost-time injury were related to bodily reaction and exertion, such as excessive physical effort and repetitive strain. 

The second most common event leading to lost-time injury was worker contact with objects or equipment, such as being struck by or against an object, collapsing material, and equipment vibration. 

Falls, including falls to floor, walkway, downstairs, or from a ladder or vehicle, accounted for 15 lost-time injuries.

As a result of the provincial mining review in 2015 and its recommendation for mining companies to conduct risk assessments and address key hazards, WSN has developed a key hazard assessment service for the mining sector.

“With a team of mining health and safety specialists and mine rescue officers across the province, WSN has industry subject matter experts available for assessments related to electrical-mechanical, industrial hygiene, ventilation, ground control, and workplace culture,” says Mike Parent, WSN Vice President of Prevention Services.

Parent also encourages firms to access new MOL resources on traffic management and mobile equipment.

Key Hazard Assessments

  1. Ground control, including risks associated with seismicity and rockbursts
  2. Occupational disease, focusing on exposure to airborne hazards
  3. Water management, particularly problematic water in ore and waste passages
  4. Mobile equipment and the risks of collision
  5. Controls for worker training
  6. Climate assessment and audit tool - safety culture

“The best firms understand that protecting workers through excellent health and safety programs and workplace culture is a key performance indicator, as well as a measure of their reputation in both the local community and the global mining industry,” adds Parent.

For more information, contact info@workplacesafetynorth.ca 

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