NORTHWEST TERRITORIES – At a ceremony held at De Beers Canada’s Snap Lake diamond mine on Sept. 11, 2012, Sandvik Mining celebrated the achievement of five years without any lost time injuries (LTI), a milestone achieved by Sandvik Mining’s Maintenance Contract Team based both at the Snap Lake mine and in Sandvik’s Yellowknife office.
The five year LTI-free milestone was reached on Jan. 1 this year, and to date, both sites still remain LTI-free.
To commemorate this milestone, David Gardner, president of Sandvik Mining Americas, and Peter Larsen, VP environment, health and safety at Sandvik Mining Americas, presented commemorative plaques to Sandvik Mining’s maintenance team on site and to Snap Lake mine’s management team. Also representing Sandvik Mining at the ceremony was Neil Miller, from customer service, and area sales manager Morag Howell.
A commemorative plaque was presented to the Snap Lake mine general manager, Maxwell Morapeli at a town hall event for all employees at the mine. Also in attendance were De Beers Canada president and CEO, Tony Guthrie, and De Beers COO Glen Koropchuk.
“On behalf of De Beers Canada, I would like to personally congratulate and thank each and every Sandvik employee at the Snap Lake mine for their outstanding contribution to safety,” said Guthrie. “The focus on safety by Sandvik and all of our Snap Lake mine contractors is essential to De Beers’ goal of mining diamonds safely and securely, without harm to people or the environment.”
Sandvik Mining’s history with De Beers
In 2006, a highly visionary and unique alliance was formed between De Beers Canada and Sandvik Mining. The notion of partnership was shared between the two parties as a component of a much greater strategy for what was seen to be a very diverse and challenging environment.
Under that notion, an alignment of values was established and a shared responsibility management system was put into play, one of the first of its kind, in terms of the depth of integration between an operating mine and a supplier in the local industry. Both De Beers and Sandvik set out on a journey to make Snap Lake “the best it could possibly be.”
“At the beginning of the project, it was difficult to assess our potential for success. The project was new, construction was ongoing, facilities were not yet completed, the harsh winters were a factor, there was a lot of activity at a very high pace and many things were really unknown,” said Gardner.
“However, through a firm practice of risk assessment, De Beers Canada’s rigorous EHS program paired with Sandvik’s EHS program, some old fashioned teamwork and dedication, a major milestone of five LTI-free years was reached by Sandvik’s maintenance team on site,” he added.
Commemorative plaques were also presented to Yellowknife’s Sandvik Mining branch and De Beers offices, as well as to De Beers headquarters in Toronto by Stephen Slama, Sandvik Mining Canada’s VP sales.
For further information contact Sandvik’s Yellowknife office at 867-920-4451 or MiningAndConstruction.Sandvik.com/us.