Trent Ernst, Editor
Employees at Walter Energy’s Wolverine Mine are celebrating working one year without a lost time accident.
Wolverine Mine has been in operation since 2006 and, says Clint Desrosiers, Health and Safety Director for Walter’s Canadian Operations, the mine has been working continuously to improve its safety performance with new programs.
“The Integrated Health and Safety Management System we have been developing throughout Northeast British Columbia was founded on proven facets of risk management to protect our employees” says Desrosiers, Walter Energy’s Health and Safety Director for Canadian Operations. “Walter Energy has been and continues to strive to be an industry leader in health and safety,” continues Desrosiers.
The (JOHSEC) Joint Occupational Health Safety & Environment Committee has been instrumental in leading the Wolverine operation down the road of safety success. “The trust relationship which has been and continues to be developed through the risk assessment process, is quantifying that all hazards and risks can be identified and controlled. The qualifying benefit is the direct reduction in the number of serious incidents and injuries within the operations,” says Desrosiers.
In 2011, Walter Energy had nine recordable incidents by the end of April. A recordable incident is when someone gets hurt bad enough that they have to seek medical help.
In 2012, that number had dropped to two.
“Risk management is a fundamental part of our business management,” adds Dan Cartwright, Walter Energy’s President of Canadian Operations. “Our Risk Management process focuses on open communication and effective hazard controls prior to work start. This open communication risk mitigation process is showing positive results through serious injury and incident reduction.
“I want to congratulate each and every one of our employees for their dedication and commitment to working safely,” says Cartwright. “I continue to challenge all our employees to lead the quest to be the safest operations in the mining industry”.