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Mine inspectors need improved training: OPSEU

Twenty of the union's inspectors cover mines. “Every worker has the right to go to work and come home safely to their families,” said OPSEU president Warren 'Smokey' Thomas, in a release.
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Several Greater Sudburians were honoured at the Canadian Institute of Mining awards gala earlier this month in Montreal. File photo.
Twenty of the union's inspectors cover mines.

“Every worker has the right to go to work and come home safely to their families,” said OPSEU president Warren 'Smokey' Thomas, in a release.

“The Ministry of Labour must act immediately on training needs for inspectors before more unnecessary tragedies occur. Anything less than that is negligence on the Ministry's part, and our inspectors should not have to shoulder the blame for it.”

In 2009, the Ministry of Labour produced a document outlining the ongoing training needs for Occupational Health and Safety Inspectors in the mining and other sectors. The Ministry has not implemented this training despite repeated requests from OPSEU.

The union's call for action has come at the start of public consultations for the Ministry of Labour's year-long review of mining health and safety.

The first round of public consultations for Sudbury concluded on Thursday, April 3.

Further consultations are planned for Red Lake on April 30; in Marathon on May 1; and in London, on May 13.


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