Windsor Salt mine rescue workers take top prize at provincial competition – by Jennifer La Grassa (Windsor Star – June 13, 2019)

Windsor Salt mine workers struck gold by taking top prize at the province’s annual mine rescue competition.

For the first time in 40 years, mine rescue volunteers from K+S Windsor Salt Ojibway Mine walked away wearing gold hard hats after winning the weeklong Ontario Mine Rescue challenge.

The 70th annual competition, at Newmont Goldcorp’s Red Lake Gold Mines in Red Lake, Ont., tested eight teams on firefighting skills, first-aid response, use of emergency equipment, and decision-making ability in a simulated emergency situation. Mine rescue equipment technicians were also tested on their ability to repair specialized equipment.

After coming in last place the previous year, Ojibway Mine health and safety manager Giovanni Grande said the difference this time around was that the team entered with more comfort and confidence.

“The guys put a lot of effort into learning from last year’s experience and translating that into improvements in how they do things,” said Grande, adding that the biggest difference was in the way they processed the problem at hand and then worked towards solving it.

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