Sudbury inquest jury makes its recommendations

The now-closed Lockerby Mine, where two drillers from Taurus Drilling Services were killed in 2014. JOHN LAPPA/THE SUDBURY STAR John Lappa / QMI Agency

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The five-member coroner’s inquest jury deliberated for about two hours Friday before coming back with seven recommendations.

– To the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities: the MTCU prepares a training package for all mine employees regarding Section 43 of the province’s Occupational  Health and Safety Act and the Internal Responsibility System.

  • To the Ministry of Labour: the ministry shall require the employer to post a copy of Section 43 of the OHSA and a document explaining the IRS in a prominent place in each workplace.
  • To the province, specifically the Ministry of Labour: the province’s Mining Legislative Review Committee must recommend to the ministry that it develop legislation for re-entry protocol after a recorded seismic event in an underground mine. The legislation should ensure the appropriate microseismic monitoring system exists in areas where individuals are located. The results of the monitoring system must be made visible and the re-entry protocol displayed prominently.
  • To the province, specifically the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines: a mine closure plan must include data collected under Section 72 of the Mines and Mining Plants RRO 1990, Reg. 854.
  • To the Ministry of Labour: the inquest jury recognizes that the MLRC is currently working towards amendments to Reg. 854 for adopting a “Management of Change Process” (recommendation 2.1). It is recommended that the MLRC prioritize finalizing their recommendation to the ministry in order to implement the proposed Management of Change Process.
  • To the Ministry of Labour: the inquest jury recognizes that the MLRC, specifically the ground control sub-committee, is currently working towards amendments to Reg. 854 for recommendation 1.4 to create guidelines about ground control. It is recommended that the MLRC prioritize finalizing their recommendations to the ministry to create a guideline that covers all ground control-related sections in the Regulations for Mines and Mining Plants.
  • To the Ministry of Labour: mining companies in Ontario be required to ensure proper communication of the existence of any potential or actual danger to the health and safety of contract workers on their property, in particular, maintain a consolidated logbook of pertinent information recorded and read by all contractors, as well as mine employees, that would facilitate communication of information within the workplace.

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