May 5, 2010 - 9 years ago
By Supply Post
The high safety standards of B.C.’s mining sector were recognized with the announcement of two of the Open Pit Mine and Quarry Awards by Minister of State for Mining Randy Hawes. “Mining is one of the safest heavy industries in the province, and that is due to the diligence of miners, mine managers and mining companies across B.C.,” said Hawes. “While the mining sector continues to grow, we are committed to the protection of mine workers and the natural environment.”
“I know a lot of these folks personally, and I know the amazing level of their commitment to safety,” said Kootenay East MLA Bill Bennett. “Southeast B.C. has a proud tradition in mining, and these awards are a testament to the workers in this region.”
The winner of the Edward Prior Safety Award (200,000 up to 1 million worker hours) is Greenhills Operations – Teck Coal. The award is named after B.C’s first mines inspector, Edward Gawler Prior, who subsequently served as Minister of Mines and went on to become B.C.’s 15th Premier and 11th Lieutenant Governor.
The John Ash Safety Award (1 million or more worker hours) went to Fording River Operations – Teck Coal. John Ash was B.C.’s first Minister of Mines, appointed in 1874. This position has always, and continues to be, a key leader and supporter of mine safety.
The certificate of achievement for a mine with a minimum of 15,000 worker hours and the Stewart/O’Brian Safety Award will be presented at the Provincial Mine Rescue First Competition and Safety Awards Banquet at the Fernie Community Centre on June 5.
“These awards are a reflection of the leadership and commitment our employees and contractors have shown towards achieving our vision of everyone going home safe and healthy every day,” said Robin Sheremeta, vice-president, health and safety leadership, Teck Resources.
“Both our Greenhills and Fording River operations have set new standards of safety performance over the past year, and the dedicated people at these sites have worked hard to achieve this success.”
Established in 1961 by the Minister of Mines and Petroleum Resources, the Open Pit Mine and Quarry Awards recognize excellence in open pit and quarry safety. Open pit mines and quarries that have the lowest injury frequency rate are eligible to compete at the annual Provincial Mine Rescue First Competition.