ONTARIO – The Copper Cliff North nickel mine belonging to VALE INCO has been recognized as the safest mine in Canada for the second year in a row. The John T. Ryan award was given to the Sudbury-area operation at the 110th annual meeting of the CIM in Edmonton on May 5, 2008.
Employees at the Copper Cliff North mine have worked more than three years without a disabling injury, giving the mine the lowest lost time accident rate of any metal mine in Canada in 2007.
This award marks the fourth consecutive year a Vale Inco mine has been named the safest in Canada, with Garson mine in Sudbury and Birchtree mine in Thompson, Man.,
winning the Ryan Trophy in 2005 and 2004 respectively.
The winner in the select mine category was the Ekati diamond mine belonging to BHP Billiton.
Three coal mines, the Brule mine of Western Canadian Coal and the Genesee and Paintearth mines operated by Prairie Mines & Royalty, received top honours in that category.
Other CIM award winners are listed at www.CIM.org.