Presented at the 2017 Mining Health and Safety Conference
Shawn Rideout, Workplace Safety North
Being prepared for an underground emergency is vital to sustaining a safe and profitable mine. Ontario Mine Rescue is dedicated to providing support to mine operators to ensure they have a sound Emergency Response Plan and that mines are properly prepared for an underground emergency. This presentation will provide an overview of the capabilities of mine rescue teams and the equipment they use during an emergency. The value of performing in-depth ‘Point-in-Time’ evaluations, realistic mock emergency scenarios and full debriefings to identify gaps and apply corrective actions, as well as benchmarks that the Ontario Mine Rescue program measures to ensure that our mine rescue volunteers are prepared for any potential underground emergency situations that may arise.