“The most important thing to come out of the mine is the miner.”

Wilson’s interest in the Westray mine disaster, like that of many Maritimers, predates the tragic explosion itself. The prospect of a new mine opening in Nova Scotia brought hope for job opportunities and a chance for people to return to their Atlantic roots. In those days, a job at Westray wasn’t just a temporary stint—it symbolized stability and a lifetime commitment.

However, the initial excitement surrounding Westray soon gave way to a sobering reality. Discussions shifted from optimism to concern as debates emerged about workers’ rights and safety protocols in the workplace. December 1991 marked a turning point, as conversations at a Christmas party delved into the complexities of the Westray mine and the implications for employee safety.

The Westray tragedy serves as a sobering reminder of the importance of workplace safety. Wilson’s reflection on the events leading up to the disaster underscores the gravity of the situation and the enduring lessons it holds for industries worldwide. As we honor the memory of those affected by the Westray mine explosion, we are reminded of the ongoing imperative to promote safety in all workplaces.

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Wilson Bateman