Health & Safety

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...

Editorial: Turkey in mourning  

Source: Print Archives | 2014-05-14
Outside of the all-too regular horrors of China’s underground mines, the coal mine explosion on May 13 at Soma, 250 km south of Istanbul in western Turkey, is the worst mine disaster in recent memory.

[Update] Two drillers dead at First Nickel's Lockerby mine

Source: Daily News | 2014-05-07
At First Nickel’s (TSX:FNI) underground Lockerby nickel-copper mine southwest of Sudbury, Ont., seismic activity that apparently preceded a fall in ground claimed the lives of two contract drillers: Marc Methe, 34, and Norm Bissaillon, 49.

Editorial: Unifor - what is it good for? 

Source: Print Archives | 2013-09-04
Nicely timed for the lead up to the Labour Day holiday, the Canadian labour movement celebrated the creation of Unifor on Aug. 31 at its founding convention at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, attended by 4,000 people.