Ongoing Safety Issues Reinforce Need for Mining Inquiry
SUDBURY, ON, Nov. 5, 2012 /CNW/ - A community-based committee created after
two workers were killed at Vale's Stobie Mine is shocked that a Labour
Ministry inspection of the same mine has resulted in 41 health and safety
orders against the company.
"It is deeply troubling for us that orders have been issued to Vale related to
concerns with standing water - the very hazard that contributed to the deaths
of Jason Chenier and my brother, Jordan Fram," said Briana Fram of the MINES
(Mining Inquiry Needs Everyone's Support) committee.
"How can it be that, only 17 months after Jason and Jordan were killed, Vale
is being ordered by the Ministry of Labour to rectify problems with standing
water in this same mine?" Fram asked.
The community-based MINES committee was formed last month to ask the
provincial government to call an inquiry into Ontario mines. Such an inquiry
has not been held in three decades.
The Ministry of Labour inspection of Stobie Mine occurred October 17, 2012. At
least 10 of the orders issued to Vale, under terms of the provincial
Occupational Health and Safety Act, are directly linked to water issues.
The orders issued to Vale also come as the company and one of its supervisors
are being prosecuted in the courts on numerous OHSA charges related to last
year's fatalities at Stobie Mine.
"We believe the results of this latest inspection reveal a disregard for
workers' safety," said Fram. "It's another clear example of why an inquiry is
needed to improve and modernize our mine safety system."
In 1996, miner Clifford Bastien was killed at Stobie Mine in a run of wet
material. A coroner's jury into the fatality made recommendations linked to
water-related hazards, but a number of those recommendations were never
The MINES committee believes the deaths of Jordan Fram and Jason Chenier could
have been prevented if the recommendations from the Bastien inquest had been
"We continue to see disturbing examples of why existing regulations and
legislation are not adequately protecting workers," said Fram.
"After three decades, a mine safety inquiry is long overdue. Our spouses, our
brothers and sisters, our sons and daughters, our grandchildren need to be
protected at work. Our community and all mining communities in Ontario need a
Briana Fram, MINES committee, 705-562-5940,firstname.lastname@example.org
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