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Smelter death reinforces need for mining review, says chair

By: Jonathan Migneault - Sudbury Northern Life

 | Apr 07, 2014 - 3:10 PM |
George Gritziotis, Ontario's chief prevention officer, said the death of a 36-year-old worker reinforces the importance of the province's review of mining health and safety. File photo.

George Gritziotis, Ontario's chief prevention officer, said the death of a 36-year-old worker reinforces the importance of the province's review of mining health and safety. File photo.

The death of a 36-year-old industrial mechanic at Vale's Copper Cliff smelter Sunday reinforces the need for a comprehensive review of the health, safety and prevention issues related to the mining industry, said George Gritziotis, Ontario's chief prevention officer, in a written statement.

“We must work together to build an even safer mining industry and ensure mine workers go home safe and sound at the end of every shift,” wrote Gritziotis, who chairs the Ministry of Labour's ongoing review of mining health and safety.


According to early reports from the United Steelworkers, a 36-year-old industrial mechanic was killed when a pin broke on a crusher and was released under high pressure.

A 28-year-old worker was injured and brought to hospital, where he remains under observation as of Monday afternoon.

Last week the Ministry of Labour held public consultations in Sudbury for its year-long review of mining health and safety.

The review has a mandate to focus on six main topics: the role of health and safety system partners; the internal responsibility system; technology and the management of change; training, skills and labour issues; health and safety hazards in the mining sector; and emergency preparedness and mine rescue.

The review will recommend amendments to government regulations where appropriate.
Jonathan Migneault

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