Inspector of Mines/Engineer
PURPOSE OF THE POSITION
The Inspector of Mines/Engineer provides services to employers, workers, and the public related to the mineral industry, explosives use and mine design parameters through education, collaboration and enforcement to assist stakeholders in achieving compliance with the Northwest Territories (NT) and Nunavut (NU) Mine Health and Safety Acts and Regulations, and the Explosives Use Act and Regulations. This ensures that companies within the broad definition of mining (under Section 1 of the Acts) operating in the two Territories are providing workers with a safe and healthy work environment.
The Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission (WSCC) is a Crown Corporation of the Governments of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut that is directed by a Governance Council through the President & CEO. The WSCC headquarters operations are located in Yellowknife and regional operations in Iqaluit and Inuvik.
The WSCC promotes safe work places through education and prevention, and cares for injured workers through a system of no-fault compensation. The system is funded through the collection of assessments from employers and is governed by the Workers’ Compensation Acts of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.
Located in Yellowknife NT, the position has full authorization as an Inspector of Mines and is appointed by and reports directly to the Chief Inspector of Mines (Chief). The position directly contributes to the WSCC’s vision, mission and values by promoting worker health and safety in the NT and NU through education and awareness of compliance requirements and when required enforcement the Acts and Regulations.
The Mine Health and Safety Acts and Regulations give the Inspector the legislative authority to enter mines to assess compliance with the act and regulations, to investigate dangerous occurrences, serious injuries or fatalities, work refusals and employee claims of discrimination. February 9, 2018 WSCC Job Description Page 2 of 7
The Inspector uses communication, diplomacy skills and knowledge of engineering to coach or guide employers and workers toward improving their Internal Responsibility System (IRS) and ensuring proper engineering and design standards and best practices are being followed. The Engineer must take action to protect workers using his/her regulatory authorities when the IRS is not working or proposed designs are not to code or following best practices.
The Engineer has the authority and freedom to interact with all levels of staff within an organization and to make decisions in the field that consistently follow the law and vision of the WSCC without consultation with the Chief. Official contact is with the designated Mine Manager but extends to those subordinate to the Mine Manager as required. Interactions with other functions internal to the WSCC such as Legal also take place when required. The responsibilities of the Chief can be delegated to this position when required due to absence.
In addition to regular inspection duties related to the occupational health and safety of the workers and forensic investigations of dangerous occurrences, serious injuries and fatalities the Engineer conducts a variety of evaluations of the civil, mechanical and electrical engineering aspects of a proposed mine and/or existing mine sites.
In that decisions made by the Engineer regarding the enforcement of the NT and NU Mine Health and Safety Acts and Regulations, the Explosive Use Acts and Regulations and other legislation pertaining to worker safety can be appealed to the Chief the incumbent must consider the political, economic and environmental consequences to the worker, employer, mining industry, Territory and the WSCC. This position holds a high level of responsibility as regulatory actions or revisions to engineering design through reviews can have a major financial impact on an operation or operations (into the millions of dollars).