The Occupational Health Clinic for Ontario Workers in Sudbury is changing how it collects information on miners exposed to aluminum dust. Recently, the agency held clinics in Sudbury and Timmins where it recorded the history of what hundreds of miners were exposed to. The health clinic did this thanks to the effort of an Elliot Lake woman who believes her dad has Parkinson’s as a result of inhaling aluminum dust when he was a miner in Elliot Lake. Janice Martell began compiling the work history of miners and then got help from the health clinic.
Martell says one goal is to prove whether certain elements in mines caused diseases that should be compensated. Although the health clinic is no longer holding huge clinics to collect a miner’s work history, it will now compile the data through appointments. Martell can help miners or their survivors get their information to the health clinic by calling her at 1-800-461-7120.