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Battery electric vehicle safety event in Sudbury next week

Workplace Safety North hosts a safety symposium for the operation of battery electric vehicles in Northern Ontario mines
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Workers discussing the use of a remotely-operated battery-powered scooptram.

Sudbury's Cambrian College will be the site of a battery electric vehicle (BEV) safety event next week that will bring Ontario Mines Minister George Pirie to the city to speak about the importance of the mining industry as part of the new electric vehicle supply chain.

The event, sponsored by Workplace Safety North, is scheduled to take place on Thursday, Feb. 15 and will include participation from industrial managers, mine managers, health and safety managers, joint health and safety reps, mine supervisors along with maintenance and procurement professionals.

WSN CEO Mike Parent of Sudbury said the increase in battery electric mining vehicles will push the safety issue to the forefront. 

“The use of battery-operated mobile equipment is anticipated to increase significantly in Ontario mines, and raises several safety concerns, including the risk of fire,” said Parent.

“Industry experts and stakeholders join together to discuss the risks associated with battery-powered equipment in mining operations and explore effective ways to manage these hazards.”

Mines minister Pirie is scheduled to be one of several speakers at the event to give more insight into the operations and challenges of running battery electric mobile equipment in mines.

Norm Ladouceur, Corporate Manager of Health and Safety at Agnico Eagle Mines, will speak about best practices on how to handle electric vehicle and battery fires.

David Lyon, President of Zero Nexus, will speak on the latest research on training opportunities to create a skilled workforce that will boost the uptake of heavy-duty BEVs in Canada.

Anthony Griffiths, Manager of Business Development at MacLean Engineering will present a study comparing how diesel and electric vehicles affect the environment in terms of noise and air quality.

Other speakers will include Gertjan Bekkers, Vice President of Mines Technical Services at Torex Gold, and Mike Mayhew of Sudbury, Founder of Mayhew Performance. Mayhew also oversaw the introduction of BEVs at the Kirkland Lake Gold Macassa Mine.


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