Briefs (May 7, 2001)

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|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/27/2001

MINERS WANT PROTECTION AGAINST OCCUPATIONAL DISEASE

Toronto — Miners in Northern Ontario are demanding the government take immediate action to address the increasing rate of occupational disease in the industry. According to the United Steelworkers, over the last 10 years there has been a sharp increase of silicosis — lung disease caused by inhaling dust containing silicon dioxide — among miners in Ontario. There have been more than 100 reported cases of silicosis claims allowed by the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board so far this year. The union is asking the Ministry of Labour to restore the mining master file, which tracks work and exposure to chemicals by miners and to provide chest X-rays and respiratory testing to miners.

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