Health & Safety: How Ontario Mining Has Evolved

Posted on Wednesday February 15, 2017

The Ontario Mining Association has released its newest infographic, developed in collaboration with Workplace Safety North. It depicts a timeline of major developments in occupational health and safety since 1890 until today, while illustrating improvements in workers' personal protective equipment.

In seeking continual improvement of our health and safety performance, Ontario miners have made considerable strides, achieving a 96% improvement in lost time injury (LTI) frequency over the past 30 years. This makes Ontario one of the safest mining jurisdictions in the world and mining one of the safest industries in the province. 

According to Ontario's Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB), Ontario industry sectors are demonstrating continuous improvement and mining companies compare favourably with other workplaces. The 2015 lost time injury (LTI) average rate for 2015 Schedule 1 employers was 0.85, down from 0.92 in 2014. Of 16 industry sectors, seven sectors were above this rate, nine were below. In 2015, mining was below the Schedule 1 LTI average, with a rate of 0.63 - down from 0.64 in 2014, and continuing the improving trend of the Ontario mining industry, which has reduced its LTI rate from 1.81 in 2002.

While encouraged by the improving LTI trend, the province's mining industry is proud to have met its zero fatality objective in 2016. This is a significant achievement, marking yet another step toward achieving zero harm.

Going forward, we are continuing to make safety an urgent priority every day, keeping mine workers focused on staying safe and healthy through training, teamwork and leadership. We appreciate the opportunity to work towards this objective with valuable partners, such as Workplace Safety North and the Ontario government. We are also grateful to our members for being a source of knowledge, ideas and inspiration. A special thank you to our Safety and Training Committee, and Hoist Plant Committee for contributing to the creation of this infographic.

The zero harm safety vision remains our core focus in 2017 and beyond.