Mine rescue simulation tool introduced

In collaboration with Ontario Mine Rescue and the Canadian Mining Games, NORCAT is excited to announce the launch of the NORCAT Mine Rescue Simulation training tool at the 2017 Canadian Mining Games held at the University of Toronto. The mine rescue simulation enables safe and effective training for hazardous and dangerous situations using gaming controller technology, replicated biometric data, artificial intelligence, and leading-edge HD graphics. This training tool enables students participating in the competition to learn about a real mine rescue mission by controlling an avatar and working with a virtual team to overcome real challenges in an underground mine rescue.

“We’re very excited to partner with Ontario Mine Rescue and the Canadian Mining Games to launch this training application to educate future mining industry workers while further validating that meaningful learning outcomes can be achieved using avatar-based simulation training,” says Ed Wisniewski, NORCAT’s Director of Software Development.


Safety glove manufacturer seeking investors

Mine Safety Solutions

Our hands are precious and should be protected as much as possible. According to the Government of Canada there are 500,000 hand injuries in Canada each year. Timmins-based Mine Safety Solutions understands how valuable and vulnerable your hands are.

At Mine Safety Solutions, our ultimate goal is to continuously improve the workplace environment for laborers and therefore diminish the overall percentage of work related injuries in Canada. To that end, we are developing a new line of safety gloves.

The glove’s design gives its user great dexterity and range of movement while also providing incredible protection. The glove boasts cut-resistant, impact protection and fire-resistant material. This shock absorbent material utilizes a unique structure that allows for the range of motion needed for typical hand movements, but still protects the hand. The shock absorbent material for the Top Half will be protecting all the fingers and between the thumb. The only area that won’t have any shock absorbent material will be the Distal Phalanges and Middle Phalanges. Having the material in these places would make it difficult when dealing with small parts. On the Palm Side, the focus is on the Palmar Creases area, where the unique structure will protect the Proximal Transverse, Thenar Middle, and Hypothenar Eminence. The Radial Longitudinal Crease and Thenar Eminence will also be protected from any impact that could occur to the hand.

The purpose of creating a new safety glove is to decrease the number of injuries in the field. Data tells us there are still too many claims occurring and costing companies thousands of dollars per year. According to – Canada’s Occupational Health & Safety magazine – the average lost-time hand injuries cost approximately $7,500 per incident. However, if the worker has a lost-time for five days, it can cost the company $94,510. Hand injuries impact the cost of insurance claims, medical bills and workers’ compensation payouts. This article says that too often companies think of the short-term costs of new enhanced safety measures and don’t calculate that, in the medium/long-term, it would save them money. This study estimates that preventing a single hand injury would pay for the cost of 2,500 cut-resistant gloves currently on the market.

According to Workplace Safety North, about 50% of all injuries to hands and fingers are cuts and puncture wounds. Workplace Safety North was formed in 2010, amalgamating the health and safety associations for mines and aggregates, forestry safety, and pulp and paper. Stats from one of these former associations indicate that between 2001 and 2010, 51% of mining injuries result from being struck during the handling of material, being struck by an object, or being struck by a falling object.

Currently, Mine Safety Solutions is seeking investors. If interested, contact owner Anthony Gilin:


Source Atlantic welcomes Soucie Salo Safety

Source Atlantic Ltd. is pleased to announce its partnership with Soucie Salo Safety Inc. by acquiring majority shares of the business, and is excited to have Soucie Salo Safety be part of the greater Source Atlantic organization.

In operation since 1955 with more than 25 employees, Soucie Salo Safety Inc. supplies personal protective equipment and safety supplies to the mining, construction, forestry, government, health care, manufacturing, and service industries.
With Ontario locations in Sudbury, Timmins, and Val Caron, the acquisition provides a nearly national footprint for Source Atlantic – having recently expanded operations in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta in 2016.

Steve Drummond, President of Source Atlantic, says, “The fit is undeniable. Both companies believe in proactively identifying ways to resolve customer issues and creating quantifiable value in both process and supply.”

Pat Heaphy of Soucie Salo in Sudbury expressed similar sentiments: “It was extremely important for us to find a company that values our unique approach to delivering exceptional customer service. Source Atlantic’s ability to provide specialized technical services and value-added solutions will provide Soucie Salo with the ability to further enhance the customer experience to our clients in Ontario.” Heaphy will continue as a partner and lead the Soucie Salo Safety team in Sudbury. Helene and Ray Poirier will continue as partners and lead the Timmins operation.


‘Smart’ personal cooling system being developed

It’s like something out of Star Trek: a suit that cools down when the person who wears it gets hot. But, unlike a prop in the sci-fi show, research for this suit is happening now, and the place it will be worn is on Earth – or more specifically, far under the earth’s surface.

Brock University Professor of Kinesiology Stephen Cheung partnered with mining tech company Jannatec Technologies to create a vest that will protect miners from heat illnesses. The vest is aimed at ‘ultra-deep miners,’ where temperatures can soar up to 60° C. Cheung says non-invasive sensors will be built into the vest that will record and monitor bodily systems such as heart rate and skin temperature. Sensors will also monitor air temperature and humidity levels. Signals from the sensors will activate a battery that provides power needed to cool the body to certain levels through electronic modules.

“These innovations are going to increase safety and productivity,” says Steffon Luoma, senior research scientist with the Sudbury’s Jannatec Technologies. “One of the top expenses in a mine operation is ventilation, and part of ventilation is cooling,” he says. “Cooling the workers directly is more efficient than cooling an area and means a decrease in costs.”

The Ontario Centres of Excellent is funding the development of the technology and how it will get integrated into the clothing.


NORCAT launches Safety Wallet app at PDAC

NORCAT was excited to announce the launch of its new mobile Safety Wallet app at the 2017 PDAC show in Toronto, ON. The NORCAT Safety Wallet was created based on customer-insight and demand for a mobile tool that manages client training courses and records/distributes training content at teachable moments, and enables on-site worker compliance tracking and management. The pilot launch of the Safety Wallet can be downloaded on Android devices via the Play Store and Apple devices via the App Store. NORCAT is working with customers to continue to develop and deploy new features and content over the coming six months.

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