The BHP Billiton-EKATI team took top honours in both the overall underground and overall surface competitions at the 53rd Annual Mine Rescue Competition, hosted by the Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission (WSCC) of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.
The two-day Mine Rescue event, part of Mining Week activities, saw close competition involving seven mine rescue events and six competing teams from three mines.
Diavik Diamond Mine Inc., a Rio Tinto/Harry Winston Diamond Corporation joint venture, won in the surface obstacle task and written test. Team captain Joan Robertson is the first female captain in the competition’s 53-year history.
“The Mine Rescue Competition allows the teams to showcase their exceptional calibre of emergency response. The high level of competition encourages teams to keep their skill levels honed throughout the year,” said David Arthur, mine rescue coordinator for the WSCC. “The strong performance of all teams clearly demonstrates the northern mining industry’s commitment to safety,” said Arthur.