Blog Post #623 – Iron Ore Company of Canada Faces Five Charges

Excerpt from the OH&S Canada magazine

The iron ore Company of Canada faces five charges under Newfoundland and Labrador’s occupational health and safety regulations following the death of a worker and the serious injury of another in March, 2010.

Charges were laid in February 23, 2012, following the completion of an investigation into a deadly incident on the company’s Labrador City site, Service NL reports.

Two workers fell approximately seven metres from a platform that was being used to access spill chains – devices that help to slow the speed of ore as it flows from a crusher to an ore car.

The charges relate generally to the alleged failure to ensure adequate fall protection was in place; lockout procedures were used; equipment capable of safely performing the functions for which it was intended; workers and supervisors were made aware of hazards likely to occur; and appropriate training, supervision and facilities were provided.

My opinion

It does not matter which province in Canada you are living in, the same goes for all, the worker needs to be protected and all reasonable care must be taken to ensure that safety.

Here we find another fall hazard not properly identified, assessed and controlled prior to the work being done. Yes, all that has to be in place before the worker begins.

Ontario has a large regulation, 854/90, ‘Mining and Mining Plants’ and it covers many of the issues listed today. If your company is part of the mining community, please review the appropriate regulation that pertains to you.

Your workers will surely appreciate it!

Remember – In Canada, “ALL Accidents are Preventable”

HRS Group Inc. has a great team that can help you with all your health and safety needs including ‘Fall Protection’ and Working at Heights’. Contact Deborah toll free at 1-877-907-7744 or locally at 705-749-1259.

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‘Work’ and ‘Play’ safe.

Daniel L. Beal – CHSEP – Advanced
VP & Senior Trainer
HRS Group Inc.

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