Ontario Mine Safety Awards

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Safety achievements recognized by Porcupine Northeastern Ontario Mine Safety Group, Ontario Mining Contractors’ Safety Association, and Workplace Safety North

Northeastern mine safety group recognizes safe supervsiors

On March 27, 2014, Porcupine Northeastern Ontario Mines Group (PNOMSG) recognized mine supervisors for the number of safe shifts amassed over the years. Requiring a minimum of 5,000 safe shifts, awards were presented to 133 supervisors from mining and contracting companies from Timmins to Kirkland Lake, reports Timmins Daily Press.

Safe Supervisor Achievement Award recipient Luke Goltz of Iamgold Corporation with his grandson.

Inaugural Jim Cluff Health and Safety Award

This year, PNOMSG also marked the inaugural Jim Cluff Health and Safety Award given to six recipients as recognition for exemplary workplace safety. Semi-retired Workplace Safety North (WSN) consultant-trainer, Jim is known for his commitment and passion related to workplace safety.

Workplace Safety North representatives, from left: Sam Barbuto, Manny Cabral, Jim Cluff, Dan Taillefer, Barry Austin, and Candys Ballanger-Michaud.

Left to right: Jim Cluff Health and Safety Award recipient Jean Lacelle with Lake Shore Gold Mine Manager Dan Battison, and Jim Cluff.

Mining contractors’ innovation award

Also at the annual mining health and safety conference in Sudbury last month, Ontario mining companies were recognized for health and safety innovation. Three finalists included Cementation for a cable bolt jig and safety overhead door stop, Dumas for a cement foam bulkhead, and Redpath for a lid-securing lever.

Three men holding trophy

Innovation Winner of the Ontario Mining Contractors’ Safety Association Award: From left: Bruce Fraser, Chairman of the Ontario Mining Contractors’ Safety Association, Gary Gagain, Mechanized Raising Area Superintendent, and Jack Sikora, Welder Millwright. Redpath staff designed a three-point contact safety door for the cage platform. It locks the trap door in place so that it doubles as a safety ladder and provides hand-holds to promote three-point contact; a double-acting latch with a safety stop prevents the door from collapsing on fingers.

WSN Workplace Excellence Awards

Last month, at the annual mining health and safety conference in Sudbury, Ontario mining companies were recognized for workplace excellence in health and safety. In order to qualify for a WSN Workplace Excellence Award, companies must complete an assessment of current health and safety programs, note areas for improvement, and develop an action plan to improve their safety performance. Workplace Excellence awards recognize firms actively engaged in continuous improvement of health and safety. All Workplace Excellence award winners are automatically considered for the President’s Award, to be presented at the WSN Annual General Meeting in September.

SCR Mining and Tunnelling L.P.

Wallbridge Mining Company Limited

Lake Shore Gold Corp.

Cementation Canada Inc.

J.S. Redpath Limited

Kidd Operations - A Glencore Company

Kirkland Lake Gold Inc.

Goldcorp Red Lake Gold Mines

Alex MacIntyre & Associates Ltd.

DMC Mining Services

KGHM International

Technica Mining

K+S Windsor Salt Ltd.

Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations, A Glencore Company 

AuRico Gold Inc. Young-Davidson Mine