AUDIO: Musselwhite mine death highlights need for new mine safety regulations (CBC News Thunder Bay – November 27, 2015)

Ontario’s Chief Prevention Officer says changes are coming to regulations dealing with safety in underground mines.

A death this week at Goldcorp’s Musselwhite mine comes after a provincial review on mining safety, led by George Gritziotis. He told CBC News that, because of that review, regulations are now being proposed to mandate higher safety standards.

“The review was about being able to be very focused and targeted on what those high hazards and associated risks are that we need to go after right away.”

Gritziotis said some companies are already meeting these enhanced standards, but would not comment on whether Goldcorp is one of them.

“I’m not trying to be critical of any workplace, but any time an incident takes place, it’s not good enough for me.”

He said he hopes the new regulations will be law by early next year.

‘Focus on improvements’

Next year can’t come soon enough for Ted Hanley, who heads Ontario Mine Rescue, an organization that trains mine workers in search and rescue.

Any death on the job is one too many, he noted.

“Our mandate is to focus on improvements that make mining workplaces safer, so tragic circumstances such as this are just a reminder of that.”

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