Health & Safety

Miners embrace automation to increase productivity

Source: Daily News | 2015-11-16
Leaders in the mining industry are starting to recognize that automation is part of the answer to the sector’s productivity problems, says Michael Murphy, chief engineer, mining technology enabled solutions with leading mining sector...

BAPE report advises against uranium mining in Quebec 

Source: Print Archives | 2015-08-19
The future of Quebec’s uranium industry remains up in the air, after the province’s environmental agency released a report concluding it would be “inappropriate” to allow uranium development — at least for now.

Editorial: Do FIFO operations aggravate mental health problems? 

Source: Print Archives | 2015-08-12
Worldwide, Western Australia could be considered ground zero for fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) mining operations, with thousands of mining personnel daily making the air commute from home in pleasant cities like Perth to work for long stretches at...

Editorial: Mitsubishi comes clean on WWII slave labour 

Source: Print Archives | 2015-07-22
Japan’s Mitsubishi Materials Corp. is showing corporate courage by formally apologizing for using American prisoners of war as forced labour at its mines and industrial complexes during World War II — the first Japanese company to...

Editorial: Lonmin condemned in Marikana commission findings 

Source: Print Archives | 2015-07-01
The long-awaited report of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the Marikana mine massacre in Marikana, South Africa, has been released, and there’s plenty of finger pointing to go around.

Commentary: Safety first for a new generation of Cree miners 

Source: Print Archives | 2015-07-01
“Working underground for me is like working in your basement for you.” That’s the first thing Marcelin Bruneau tells the 12 young Crees sitting in front of him. That gets their interest.  “When I started mining in...

Kidnappings highlight miners' security risks 

Source: Print Archives | 2015-05-27
In the first four months of this year alone, kidnapping incidents have touched Torex Gold Resources (TSX: TGX; US-OTC: TORXF) and Goldcorp (TSX: G; NYSE: GG) in Mexico’s Guerrero state, and Pan African Minerals’ Tambao manganese...

Editorial: Renewed focus on mine safety in Ontario 

Source: Print Archives | 2015-05-13
A newly released coroner jury’s verdict and recommendations stemming from the two-week inquest into the deaths of two miners at Vale’s underground Stobie nickel mine in Sudbury, Ont., in 2011 has met with wide approval from all...

Open letter: Reversing Ebola outbreak requires 'co-ordinated global effort' 

Source: Print Archives | 2014-09-10
We are a group of 11 companies operating in West Africa. We are understandably concerned about the impact of the Ebola virus on affected countries’ economies and the well-being of their people, which is being compounded by subsequent...

Commentary: Managing human rights problems before they arise 

Source: Print Archives | 2014-07-30
As people become ever more aware of what’s going on in the world — including the impact of commercial activity on human rights — expectations inevitably rise. This in turn increases expectations of how companies and...