Work is continuing at Vale Ltd.’s Copper Cliff North Mine to address the latest health and safety infractions identified by the Ministry of Labour after one of its inspectors visited the mine.
A ministry investigator issued six more orders at the mine last week, where 39 previous orders were issued. Vale has three orders to maintain equipment, materials and protective devises in good condition, namely wood guides and two electrical issues.
It has also been ordered to support electrical cables to meet requirements of the Ontario Electrical Safety Codes; to take every precaution reasonable in the circumstances for the protection of a worker; and to meet requirements for providing audible and clear signals.
In the 39 orders issued Oct. 7 at North Mine, Vale was required to address issues such as erecting barricades and signage, maintain equipment in good condition; assess the structural integrity of an area; remove flammable refuse; and repair guarding and safety stops. The other six orders were issued Oct. 11.
Labour ministry spokeswoman Janet Deline said Vale has complied or has dates by which it must comply to orders at both mines. That makes 45 orders issued at North Mine in a space of just days.
Fifty-nine orders issued in several visits to Coleman Mine in Levack have been addressed. Vale did halt production briefly so problems could be rectified, said company spokeswoman Angie Robson.
In all, 104 orders were issued in recent weeks by Ministry of Labour inspectors who were twice called with anonymous complaints from workers.
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