Mine Rescue

Mine rescue teams competing in Sudbury

NORCAT News

Competing at the provincial level Thursday and Friday at NORCAT’s Underground Centre Seven teams of mine rescuers are hoping to walk away with the top trophy in the 67th annual Provincial Mine Rescue Competition this week. But their eyes are also on the big prize, a coveted seat in the International Mine Rescue Competition 2016 slated for Aug. 19-26 in …

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Respirable Hazards Video

NORCAT News

New training video on respirable hazards looks to reduce worker risk in underground mining A new mining health and safety training video “Respirable Hazards – Mining” aims to raise awareness about how workers are affected by respirable hazards found in underground mines. The seven-minute video was released by the Ontario mining health and safety association Workplace Safety North (WSN), in …

Ed Wisniewski - Virtual Reality Training

NORCAT playing with Oculus Rift virtual reality headset as a job training tool

NORCAT News

Say goodbye to plain old two-dimensional learning: the future of job training is 3D. That’s what Ed Wisniewski is betting. He’s the director of software development at the Northern Centre for Advanced Technology in Sudbury. NORCAT is helping to develop a virtual reality experience right now for the mining industry that relies on a device called the Oculus Rift. It’s …

Working On and Around Scaffolds

Scaffold Safety – Working On and Around Scaffolds

Kim Duquette Blog

According to the Ontario Ministry of Labour, “Falls are the number one cause of critical injuries and deaths of workers at construction sites in Ontario.” To keep workers safe, employers must assign a competent person to identify all hazards associated with the use of scaffolding and effectively control or eliminate these hazards. Workers must be trained in scaffold safety, including …

NORCAT Equipment Simulation Training Centre

NORCAT Partners with Sandvik to Expand Equipment Simulation Training Centre

NORCAT News

NORCAT is excited to announce a strategic partnership with Sandvik Mining to support the continued expansion and growth of NORCAT’s Mining Equipment Simulation Training Centre located in Sudbury, Ontario. Launched in 2014, NORCAT’s Mining Equipment Simulation Training Centre has provided state-of-the-art equipment simulation training as part of a broader integrated training platform for mining equipment and machinery operators. Through this …

The Jannatec R&D team includes (left to right) Oussama Belarbi, Kieran Ratcliffe, Steffon Luoma, Falalou Diasso, Jamey Larocque, Kevin Reynen, Jason Buie, and Stephen Podrucky.

Jannatec R&D aims for clothing, PPE upgrade

NORCAT News

Improved safety and comfort in store for miners working at depth Jannatec Technologies is well on its way toward revolutionizing the clothing and personal protective equipment used in the mining industry. Long known for its Johnny Light radio cap lamp, Sudbury-based Jannatec is working on a research and commercialization project with the Ultra Deep Mining Network to address the issues …

Hollywood Heath and Safety (artwork inspired by Saul Bass)

Hollywood Health and Safety

Nick Vildis Blog

A man receives cuts on his hand from a broken glass requiring stitches, a woman nearly dies from smoke inhalation, and a 71 year old senior is hospitalized for a fractured ankle caused by hydraulic equipment – all incidents taking place while on the job. Take the names out of the equation and it’s just another couple cases of workplace …

Ladder Safety

Ladder Safety

Kim Duquette Blog

General Information Ladders are used for countless tasks in various fields of work whenever workers are required to work above or below ground level. Every day in Ontario, falls from ladders cause injuries to workers; that is why ladder safety is so important. Ladders must be CSA certified and be properly suited to the task. They should be constructed of heavy type …

Toxicology

Kim Duquette Blog

Toxicology is one of the oldest fields of scientific study and involves the detection, effects and antidotes of poisons. A poison is defined as a substance that causes structural damage or functional disturbance in the body. Depending on the dose, almost any substance can be considered a poison. Water, for instance, if ingested in great quantities can cause a condition …

Lift Truck Safety

Lift Truck Safety

Kim Duquette Blog

Types of Lift Trucks Counterbalanced Lift Trucks Counterbalanced lift trucks are used extensively throughout industry and are available in various capacities. The counterbalanced lift truck is an all-purpose lift truck that is adaptable to most operations and operating conditions. The Industrial Truck Association has separated the numerous types of lift trucks into seven classes. However, since this blog is about …

Accident and Incident Reporting

Accident and Incident Reporting

Kim Duquette Blog

Unfortunately, work-related accidents and incidents occur on a daily basis in Canadian workplaces. Accident and incident reporting is essential for the prevention of recurrences and the betterment of worker health and safety. According to the Occupational Health and Safety Act, workers are required to report any workplace injury to their Supervisor no later than the end of the shift in …

WHMIS 2015

WHMIS 2015 and GHS

Kim Duquette Blog

The Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System – you may know it as WHMIS – has been in force across Canada since 1988. If you’re part of the Canadian workforce, chances are you’ve taken WHMIS training at sometime or other. Especially since employers are required to ensure that workers working in proximity to a controlled product are informed about all available …

The NORCAT Team

NORCAT named one of the top 5 best places to work in Northern Ontario

NORCAT News

Change and chaos would be an apt description for the atmosphere at the Northern Centre for Advanced Technology (NORCAT). Employees tend to have the rumble of an entrepreneurial spirit in their bellies and a desire to collaborate with fellow risk takers. The non-profit regional innovation centre is not only one of the top 5 best places to work in Northern Ontario …

Construction Worker

3-Step Process to Mitigate Risk and Improve Construction Safety Performance

NORCAT News

By Trina Pharand, Manager, Occupational Health & Safety and Environment, NORCAT Construction can be a risky business. In fact, an average of 20 workers each year are killed in the Ontario Construction Industry and a significant number are injured daily. You can reduce risk in your own workplace with the proper planning, systems, and support mechanisms. Protecting your workers is …