The Ontario Ministry of Labour has announced that underground mines will be the subject of a safety blitz for the remainder of 2012.

The MOL says that “In November and December, Ministry of Labour mining inspectors will check on hazards involving systems used to transfer ore (rock containing metal or minerals) inside underground mines. Hazards can lead to injury and death of workers.

According to the MOL, the inspectors will check that:

  • “Adequate procedures are in place and being used to protect workers from hazards.
  • Water is being controlled to prevent hazards.
  • Equipment is well designed and maintained in good condition.
  • Workers are warned of hazards.”

The MOL bulletin announcing the blitz may be accessed here.