MAY 2018                                                                FRANÇAIS

Yellowknife, are you ready to #GearUp?

The annual Mine Rescue Competition is in its 61st year, and it's coming up on Saturday, June 2nd! If you are looking for some outdoor fun and excitement, look no further: eight mine rescue teams from eight mines across the North will be showcasing their mine rescue techniques and emergency response skills as they compete for the Overall Surface and Overall Underground Trophies.


Event: 2018 Annual Mine Rescue Competition and Miner's Picnic (Free public BBQ)

Date: Saturday, June 2, 2018

Time: 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM MST

Where: Yellowknife Multiplex/Fieldhouse parking lot (41 Kam Lake Road)

This family-friendly event gives spectators a chance to watch teams from across the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and beyond demonstrate their mine safety techniques in various skill-testing competitions. The NWT & Nunavut Chamber of Mines will also host their annual Miner's Picnic, with a free BBQ and refreshments for all.  This year, the teams are:

Surface teams
  • Ekati Diamond Mine (NT) - Dominion Diamond Corporation
  • Gahcho Kué Diamond Mine (NT) - De Beers Canada Inc.
  • Baffinland Iron Mine (NU) - Baffinland Iron Mines Corporation
  • Meadowbank Gold Mine (NU) - Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd.
  • Victor Diamond Mine (ON) - De Beers Canada Inc.
Underground teams
  • Diavik Diamond Mine (NT) - Rio Tinto Ltd.
  • Hope Bay Gold Mine (NU) - TMAC Resources Inc.
  • Meliadine Gold Project (NU) - Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd.

In addition to fostering friendly competition, mine rescue competitions are critical as mines can come together to evaluate and compare the effectiveness and quality of their mine rescue training programs. Mine rescue competitions allow teams to learn from one another, share best practices and new industry equipment, and over time help keep workers safe. If disaster strikes, a skilled mine rescue team is everyone's best chance for safety and survival.

For more information on the upcoming event, visit our Mine Rescue Competition page. We hope to see you there.

Due to the shorter summer months here in the North, we don't waste any time when it comes to construction season. By now, we're sure you've noticed that construction projects have started up wherever you live. Depending on your role, here are some general rules to follow.

If you are a DRIVER:
  • Pay attention to summer construction notices from your city officials.
  • Plan ahead to factor in traffic delays, and watch for road signs.
  • Slow down in construction zones.
  • Be respectful of Traffic Control Personnel (TCP) performing traffic control and flagging duties at work sites.
If you are an EMPLOYER and your job site will affect roadways:
  • Before the job begins, develop and implement a written Traffic Control Plan to protect your workers from traffic hazards.
  • Identify and use traffic control methods at the job site, such as: warning signs; barriers; pylons; flashing lights; and Traffic Control Personnel (TCP) to direct traffic.
  • Ensure your Traffic Control Personnel (TCP) are trained and have read and understood the Traffic Control Plan.
  • Ensure your Traffic Control Personnel (TCP) wear high-visibility vests and other high-visibility clothing.
  • Give each of your workers a Flagperson's Incident Report Logbook to record incidents. Ask us if you need more for your job site.
  • Know the type of work being performed at the job site, how roadways will be affected, and how public traffic will flow.
  • Wear high-visibility clothing and vests, and other personal protective equipment (PPE) as necessary.
  • Give clear instructions to drivers. Avoid arguments or discussions with motorists; direct them to the site supervisor if motorists become abusive.
  • Pay attention to speeding drivers and potentially dangerous situations. Know your job site's emergency plans.
  • Keep a logbook to record incidents, and report all dangerous situations to the supervisor. Use our Flagperson's Incident Report Logbook - contact us for more.

Homeowners: did you know that if you hire workers in and around your home, WSCC legislation may consider you an employer? If you are thinking about obtaining the services of nannies, cleaners, repair workers, or contractors to work full or part-time, with or without remuneration, the WSCC can help you determine if you need to pay assessments under the Workers' Compensation Act and whether you have occupational health and safety (OHS) responsibilities under the Safety Act.

Call our Employer Services unit to find out if the WSCC considers you an employer for assessment purposes, and our Prevention Services unit to ask about your OHS responsibilities. Call us toll-free at 1-800-661-0792.

WSCC's Yellowknife and Inuvik offices are closed from 5:00 PM on Wednesday, June 20 for Aboriginal Day on June 21, and reopen on Friday, June 22 at 8:30 AM.

To report a serious workplace injury or incident, call 1-800-661-0792.
This information will soon be available in Inuktitut and Inuinnaqtun on our website.   /  1.800.661.0792   *  /  1.877.404.4407