John T. Ryan Awards: pushing the bar higher for workplace safety


Teck Resources' Greenhills operation claimed the John T. Ryan trophy in the coal category for the fourth year in a row | Photo by IPI

A select and growing group of mine operators shared the stage on Monday night when the awards for mining safety were presented at the CIM Awards Gala as part of the annual CIM Convention in Montreal on Monday night.

For the third year in a row, Vale’s Voisey’s Bay nickel operation in Newfoundland and Labrador earned The John T. Ryan Trophy, the most coveted of the awards handed out, thanks to no reportable injuries at its site. The mine was just one of three surface or non-metal mineral mines in Canada to claim the prize. DeBeers Canada’s Victor diamond mine in Ontario also reported no injuries for the second year in a row and The Mosaic Company’s Belle Plaine potash mine in Saskatchewan had no injuries in 2016.

Goldcorp’s Eleonore mine in northern Quebec won the Ryan award for Canadian metal mines and Teck Resources’ Greenhills operation in British Columbia’s Elk Valley claimed the trophy in the coal category for the fourth year in a row.

Ryan trophies were also awarded to mining operations in their respective regions. In Quebec Agnico Eagle’s Lapa mine earned the metal mine honours. Tata Steel’s DSO project took the select category in the East and Syncrude Canada’s Mildred Lake and Aurora operation in the West. Glencore Canada’s Fraser Mine won for Ontario metals mines, New Gold’s New Afton won for metal mines in British Columbia and Yukon and Tantalum Mining Corp. of Canada’s Bernic Lake mine won for the Prairies, Northwest Territories and Nunavut.  

A reportable injury is defined as an injury the results in lost work time or in reassigning the worker to other duties because of the injury. The reportable injury rate is calculated as total reportable injuries multiplied by 200,000 work hours, divided by the total number of hours worked at the operation.

See all the 2017 Award Winners