The Brucejack mine in northwestern British Columbia won an award for its underground mining safety practices.
The mine received the John T. Ryan Regional Safety Trophy in the underground metal mining category for British Columbia and the Yukon for its safety record in 2021.
The award is given to operations that have achieved the lowest reportable injury rate among underground metal mines in the region and the British Columbia Large Underground Mines Award is given to operations with more than 240,000 hours of work (a third of which underground) and has the lowest injury frequency rate during the calendar year.
Newcrest mining, the parent company that acquired the Brucejack mines in a $3.5 billion deal last year, said the award was a testament to their efforts to reduce injuries and the effects on health.
“We are extremely proud of every employee and contractor at Brucejack, each of whom has made a significant contribution to improving our safety performance,” said COO Craig Jones, in a press release.
“These recognitions demonstrate the strength of our safety-focused culture and the courage of everyone who works at Brucejack to genuinely care about one another by identifying and actively managing risks in our workplace that could cause harm.” , added Jones.
In the same statement, the company also recognized people who have been injured on the job and said it will continue to improve standards.
As part of these improvements, Newcrest said it will implement a new safety program, NewSafe, later this year.