Mining program sector trends
Trends in fatalities, critical injuries, complaints and work refusals from April 1, 2013, to March 31, 2019, in the mining program and its subsectors.
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The Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development keeps a record of:
- visits to workplaces by occupational health and safety inspectors
- events that are reported to the ministry, including fatalities, critical injuries, complaints and work refusals.
We use this data and data from sources such as the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board to help plan health and safety inspection initiatives.
Mining program: Summary
This includes ramp or shaft (conveyance) access mines and a variety of mining methods such as bulk or narrow-vein mining.
Mining plants include mills, blast furnaces, smelters and refineries.
Open pit mines and quarries
This covers surface operations that typically involve large scale drilling, blasting, crushing, sizing and trucking.
Sand and gravel pits
These range from small open pits to large-scale operations with hundreds of pieces of mobile equipment. Typically, these operations do not involve blasting.
Oil and natural gas
This sector is tied to both onshore and offshore locations. Offshore locations are governed by Regulation 855 – Oil and Gas, and onshore activities are governed by Regulation 854 – Mines and Mining Plants.
Mineral exploration sites include surface operations that typically involve diamond drilling and bulk sampling to determine ore reserve potential.
Not elsewhere classified/mining
- Only critical injury events reported to the ministry are included for each sector.
- This represents data that was reported to the ministry and may not represent what actually occurred at the workplace.
- Some events may not have been classified under a specific subsector at the time data was downloaded for this report.
- The critical injury numbers represent critical injuries reported to the ministry and not necessarily critical injuries as defined by the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA).
- Non-workers who are critically injured may also be included in the ministry's data.
- The Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development tracks and reports fatalities at workplaces covered by the OHSA. This excludes deaths from natural causes, deaths of non-workers at a workplace, suicides, deaths as a result of a criminal act or traffic accident (unless the OHSA is also implicated) and deaths from occupational exposures that occurred many years ago.
- Data subject to change because of inspectors' updates to the database.