4th Annual Mine Safety Awards held in Victoria

Minister of State for Mining Kevin Krueger recognized excellence in mine safety at the 46th Annual Mine Safety Awards, held April 21st.

?British Columbia has long been a world leader in mine health and safety, and these awards recognize the dedication of industry, unions, workers and ministry staff who are committed to continued safety at B.C. mines,? said Krueger. ?These awards are just one way the Province is upholding its commitment to supporting safer work environments for mines and mine workers in B.C.?

Mining industry representatives from across B.C. gathered in Victoria to celebrate the 46th annual mine safety awards ceremony. The awards are presented by the ministry to mines and quarries that have the lowest injury-frequency rate in the previous calendar year. Eligible operationsthis year were those that accumulated 15,000 or more worker hours between the period of Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2007. This year, the Province received 24 applications.

Awards were presented in the following categories: Certificate of Achievement – presented to participants with an injury-frequency rate of zero. This year?s recipients are: Allard Contractors Ltd., Mission Pit (Mission); Butler Brothers Supplies Ltd., Butler Brothers Duncan (Duncan); Lafarge Canada Inc., Cannon Pit (Mission); Lafarge Canada Inc., Coquitlam Sand and Gravel (Coquitlam);

Plateau Construction Ltd., Harper Ranch Quarry (Kamloops) and Steelhead Aggregates Ltd., Steelhead S-3 Skway (Chilliwack).

Stewart O?Brian Safety Award – presented to operations that worked a minimum of 35,000 but less than 200,000 worker hours in the competition period and having the lowest injury-frequency rate. This year?s recipients also recognized as having an injury-frequency rate of zero are: Ash Grove Cement Company, Blubber Bay Quarry (Texada Island);

CertainTeed Gypsum Canada Inc., Windermere Mining Operation (Invermere);

Jack Cewe Ltd., Jervis Inlet (Jervis Inlet); Lafarge Canada Inc., Central Aggregates (Abbotsford); Lafarge Canada Inc., Earle Creek (Egmont); and Lafarge Canada Inc., Pitt River Quarries (Pitt Meadows).

Edward Prior Award – presented to operations that worked a minimum of 200,000 but no more than one million worker hours in the competition period and having the lowest injury-frequency rate. This year marks a first in this competition as it is the first time three mines have won with an injury frequency rate of zero. This year?s recipients are: Elk Valley Coal Corporation, Greenhills Operations (Elkford); Texada Quarrying Ltd. (Texada Island) and Western Canadian Coal Corporation, Brule Mine (Tumbler Ridge).

John Ash Award – presented to operations that worked a minimum of one million worker hours in the competition period and having the lowest injury-frequency rate. This year?s recipient is also recognized as winning with an injury frequency rate of zero is: Elk Valley Coal Corporation, Elkview Operations (Sparwood).

Small Underground Award – presented to Quinsam Coal Corporation

(Campbell River).

The B.C. mining industry is continually improving its health and safety practices. As of 2006, the mining industry had an injury rate of three per 100 person-years. This rate is lower than forestry, food and beverage products, metal and non-metallic mineral products, general and heavy construction, warehousing and transportation.