Sudbury mining innovation CEO touts Ontario’s mining safety record globally


Ontario mining industry achieved zero workplace fatalties in 2016, 2018


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A South African-American miner is turning to global experts, including one from Sudbury, to restore safe production after a year marred by tragedy at its operations.

The President and CEO of MIRARCO Mining Innovation at Laurentian University, Vic Pakalnis, is part of a Global Safe Production Advisory Panel formed by Sibanye-Stillwater.

Twenty employees at the company’s operations lost their lives in nine incidents in South Africa in the first half of 2018.

The panel has a mandate to provide international insights, best practices and expertise to improve safe production.
Other members include academics from the United States, Australia, Germany and Switzerland.

Pakalnis attended the first meeting in Johannesburg last month.

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