Excerpt from the OH&S Canada magazine

firefighters in Newfoundland and Labrador are looking forward to legislative changes that will allow them to claim workers’ compensation for cancer in the future, after a report by the province’s Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission (WHSCC) recommends that cancer be considered a workplace hazard for career firefighters.

A faulty gas-monitoring sensor is believed to have contributed to an incident in which 18 workers were exposed to a potentially deadly gas at a copper and zinc mine near Millertown, Newfoundland.

At about 8:05 pm on January 4, a half-hour into the night shift, employees of the Duck Pond Mine were working 250 metres below surface when one miner reported smelling gas, says Larry Bartlett, human resources superintendent for mine owner, Teck Cominco Ltd.