An injured worker is calling on the provincial government to introduce a safety regulator for the mining industry that would oversee work happening at companies like Vale.
Barry Lyall of Conception Bay North says he suffered a career ending injury while working at Vale’s Voisey’s Bay Mine in February 2008, but he has been locked in a difficult battle with Workers Compensation for benefits ever since.
He feels, as the mining operation looks to move operations underground, it’s a perfect opportunity for government to help ensure the safety of workers.
He says a regulator could monitor any incidents and see that proper procedure is followed.
Lyall says there should be a committee set who receives reports pertaining to all kinds of incidents, be it workplace health and safety or environmental infractions.