Recommendations in miner’s death inquest
A jury in a coroner’s inquest into the death of Ontario’s first female miner to be killed in an underground mining accident has made four recommendations.
The jury in Timmins recommends Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act be amended to include specific written procedures for operating certain pieces of equipment.
The other three recommendations are: develop and implement a switch-based visual indicator to signify the position of the switch to workers; determine and implement a minimum safe distance to park underground mobile equipment away from operational rail switches during production or development activities and follow up with the Office of the Chief Coroner in one year’s time.
The recommendations were delivered last Friday at the inquest into the death of 22-year-old miner Alexie Dallaire-Vincent.
She was killed as the result of a crushing chest injury at the Holloway Holt mining complex east of Matheson on May 23, 2015.