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Sudbury mine earns national safety award

Glencore Sudbury INO's Fraser Mine awarded the 2024 John T. Ryan Award for Safety

Fraser Mine in Sudbury has been recognized as the safest metals mine in Canada by the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM).

The nickel mine, owned and operated by Glencore’s Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations (Sudbury INO), received the national John T. Ryan Trophy for Metal Mines during the organization’s annual conference, being held in Vancouver, B.C., May 12-14.

This is the second consecutive year Glencore Sudbury INO has won the award.

In 2023, the company’s Nickel Rim South Mine took home the honour. This year, Nickel Rim South Mine won the John T. Ryan Trophy in the metals category for Ontario.

"Both awards demonstrate our team’s dedication to a safety-first culture, and are a testament to the teamwork of our mining operations in Sudbury and a true validation of a workforce that brings SafeWork to life every day,” Peter Xavier, vice-president of Sudbury INO, said in a company statement.

“As Nickel Rim South enters care and maintenance this year, we honour the remarkable legacy our employees have achieved in the area of safety performance."

In its statement, the company credited its workforce and their dedication to safety for reaching the milestone.

SafeWork refers to the company’s homegrown approach to safety on the job, which provides guidelines on everything from working at heights to mobile equipment to working with chemicals, and more.

“Our SafeWork framework is risk-based, focusing on eliminating fatalities and serious injuries by identifying the hazards that can result in fatal incidents, and developing life-saving behaviours and protocols to target them,” the company said.

“SafeWork aims to provide everyone within our business with the knowledge and tools to perform every task safely; the key message is that every individual has the authority to stop unsafe work.”

The John T. Ryan Trophies are named for John T. Ryan, who founded the Mine Safety Appliances Company of Canada Ltd., which donated the trophy to recognize notable achievement in the industry.

The first trophy was awarded in 1941 to the Chesterville Larder Lake Gold Mining Co., which was located in Kearns, Ont., in Timiskaming District.