New Machine To Preserve Jobs, Enhance Mine Safety

The province is investing $2.6 million to replace a machine in Sudbury that tests ropes for use in mines.

“Rope safety is essential for mine operators to ensure their mines are operating safely and reliably,” said labour minister Laurie Scott during a media event Tuesday at the Willett Green Miller Centre. “This machine will help to keep workers in the mining sector safe across the world.”

The new machine will replace an outdated one acquired in 1991 that had become increasingly costly to maintain.

“The aging machine was taken out of service six times in the past few years due to breakdowns,” the Ministry of Labour noted in a release.