Mines are dangerous environments—that’s why safety is a huge concern in the mining industry. When mining accidents result in injuries or fatalities, the issue of safe work conditions becomes extremely significant. So how does a mining company enhance safety throughout all of its functions? The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) aims to supply some answers.
Mining Cars and Beyond: Extending the Mineral Exploration Tax Credit is Good for Canada’s Mining Industry
When Prime Minister Stephen Harper made a stop in the battleground riding of Nipissing-Timiskaming in Northern Ontario, he mentioned to a group of supporters in North Bay the Conservative Party’s plan to extend the 15 percent Mineral Exploration Tax Credit for, at least, another three years if the government is re-elected. Meanwhile, projects in remote locations will qualify for a 25 percent tax credit.
According to a recent article from The Guardian, Canada is currently the headquarters of more than half of the world’s publicly-traded mining companies. These companies have a far-reaching supply chain, having more than 8,000 mining projects across six continents that involve practically every aspect of mining (exploration, construction, production, and closure) and employ almost every piece of heavy equipment available (excavators, dump trucks, drills, mine cages, skips, and rail cars). Read more
Underground mining is the second oldest method of producing salt, next to the solar evaporation technique. Like most mines, salt mines employ large machines to travel through vast cave-like passageways performing various functions. Unlike most mines, however, salt mines are comfortable to work in (average temperature stays around 70° F all year round) and offer a safer work environment than usual. Read more
The Canadian government recently put into force the Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act, which requires companies involved in the mining industry to publicly disclose payments that they make to foreign and domestic government entities. According to Pierre Gratton, president and CEO of the Mining Association of Canada (MAC), the Act “places Canada at the forefront of international efforts to eliminate corruption and promote transparency.” He adds that MAC is “proud to have played an active role in collaboration with the government of Canada and civil society in the promotion and design of this important legislation.” Read more
Improving mining safety in Ontario is an ever-constant concern. Despite being one of the safest in the world, governing bodies still believe there’s still room for improvement. In order to truly improve safety, mine managers need to instill a safety culture that’s not only measurable, but also a core aspect of worker’s functions. Read more
Large mining companies are now initiating multi-million dollar exploration efforts in Canada. Centerra Gold Inc., Goldcorp Inc., and Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. are just some of the big names expected to lead the way for gold prospecting in the region. “We have a lot of evidence that there is gold in the area,” Agnico chief executive Sean Boyd commented regarding his company’s plan to move eight drill rigs and around 80 miners to its arctic location. Read more
Nunavut may be largely snow and ice, but the best things about this northerly territory lie below everyone’s feet.
Exploration of the western part of the territory, particularly near Kugluktuk, is set to begin after having secured funds to build a full-scale mine in the future. Vancouver-based exploration firm Kaizen Discovery has partnered with Japanese investors to set up shop in the Kitikmeot region, which has its share of mining projects. Read more
Modern mines have rigorous safety procedures. Mines in Canada, in particular, are veritable havens when it comes to safe work conditions compared to those in China, Africa and South America—places notorious for their blatant disregard for miner safety. Despite the high standards, though, Canada’s mining industry still faces some safety issues that must be addressed on a constant basis. Read more
More than 90 years after its closure, the historic Victoria Mine in Sudbury, Ontario is about to resume mining activity.
KGHM International recently announced plans to proceed with its mine project, located south of the original Victoria Mine that ran from the 1890s to the 1920s. According to a feasibility study currently in its final stages, the new site contains an estimated 1.4 billion pounds of copper and nickel, and more than 200,000 pounds of platinum group elements (e.g. platinum, iridium). Read more