Safety always comes first.
Our Canadian operations place safety as a top priority, no different from any other site of ours around the world.
Given mining’s rich history in Canada, many of our sites across the country operate at industry-leading levels when it comes to safety – and they have the recognition to prove it.
Most recently, in May 2021, Matagami Mine and Raglan Mine jointly took home the 2020 John T. Ryan National Trophy for the best safety performance in Canada in the Metal Mines category from the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM), effectively proving themselves as the safest mine operations of the year across the country.
More industry recognition
Many of our supervisors working at our industrial sites exemplify safety leadership earning due recognition from their peers. In October 2020, supervisors at the Horne Smelter, Matagami Mine and Raglan Mine were recognized by the Québec Mining Association (QMA), which , and the effort made by their teams, to maintain a safe working environment for periods of between 50,000 and 600,000 hours.
Deserving of a special mention are Kitchen Supervisors at Raglan Mine, Molly McKinnon and Maxime Theriault, who reached 250,000 and 300,000 hours, respectively, without an accident as of the end of 2020. Moreover, a very special mention went to Israël Gauthier and his team at the Horne Smelter’s acid and oxygen plant, who broke a new record by completing 600,000 hours of work without an accident.
We know the reasons propelling our safety performance are the open and honest safety discussions we carry out across our business. While our industrial sites are each unique, we share a dedication to keeping our colleagues safe and ensuring they go home in the same condition as they arrived for work.
Dating back several years, our Nickel team began a series called Speaking SafeNickel, an opportunity for employees to speak openly about safety, and to keep safety top of mind among employees and contractors. We invite you to read a few of their words to see what safety means to them.
Improving safety through technology & innovation
While we are proud to have our safety performance recognized, we cannot rest on our laurels. We know we must continue to do better until we eliminate fatalities and injuries from our business.
Given the exciting times we live in with respect to innovation and technology, we are eager to capitalize on the benefits they can bring. As an example, we are exploring the use of advanced autonomous technology.
Pioneering autonomous vehicle technology
While our Matagami Mine and Kidd Operations are using autonomous vehicles, Nickel Rim South mine, part of Sudbury INO, is the newest to onboard the technology. Its cutting-edge technology includes an underground barrier system, onboard camera, control system and operator station. A cable and laser barrier automatically shut off the system if someone crosses the line.
This makes it possible for miners to sit safely and comfortably above ground, working away from the risks present when working underground in mine operations.
With an unwavering duty to operate the safest possible mines, we constantly challenge ourselves to improve our safety performance. This commitment is one that will always be at the forefront of what we do, as we strive to be better every day, for our employees, our company and our industry.