From aluminum to zinc, Canada is rich in metal and mineral deposits. In 2021, the country produced more than 60 metals and minerals—directly employing about 377,000 people—and at $103 billion—accounting for 21% of the nation’s merchandise exports. According to the Government of Canada, with nearly 200 mines, Canada ranks among the top five global producers of diamonds, gemstones, gold, indium, niobium, platinum group metals, titanium concentrate, and uranium.
Mining is also an inherently dangerous occupation. While cave-ins and exposure to noxious fumes may come first to mind, fall hazards—above and below ground—should not be overlooked. Even a fall from a short height can cause serious bodily injury. A fall to a lower level can be fatal. It is, therefore, important for mine owners and operators to provide comprehensive fall protection for their employees.
Guardrails separate people from fall hazards on walkways, stairs, ramps, platforms, and roofs. They also create barriers that mark unauthorized or unsafe areas (e.g., vehicle or rail traffic). For strength, durability, and corrosion resistance, pipe-fitted aluminum or galvanized steel railing systems are recommended over welded rails.