PotashCorp New Brunswick Division sets high safety standards
by Dinah Zeldin
PotashCorp’s (PCS) underground potash mine and processing facility in Sussex, New Brunswick, has been undergoing significant changes lately. Alongside its planned $21-billion expansion, which includes the development of a new mine and an expansion of the mill, the company has also introduced 90 new employees over the past year at its existing operation. But one thing has stayed the same: the operation continues to set the standard for safety, earning the John T. Ryan Canada Trophy for Select Mines for the fourth time since it opened in 1983.
“Safety is promoted at PotashCorp throughout the organization,” says Stewart Brown, the operation’s general manager. In fact, 200 PotashCorp employees including the COO, three members of the board of directors and all of the general managers united at a corporate safety summit in March. “The focus of the two days was on safety – nothing to do with production,” explains Brown. “The focus of the corporation is to achieve safe production.”