EDMONTON - On Nov. 12, LUSCAR reached a significant milestoneone year without a recordable lost time incident at any of the mining company's operations. A year covers over 3.5 million hours of work at eight sites, which produced over 40 million tonnes of coal.
Luscar president and CEO Patrice Merrin Best said, "I want to congratulate everyone on making safety a priority. Our recent safety record across the company is impressive. As an example, our Genesee operation has worked since inception, over 17 years, without a recordable lost time incident. And I believe we can continue to improve," she added.
Luscar constantly reviews the company's award-winning occupational health and safety policies and practices. Mine workers are encouraged to identify potential hazards before an incident may occur. Luscar employees collectively develop solutions and determine how best to implement improvements in the workplace.
Additional training, tools, and resources are also provided so employees can implement on-site safety initiatives. In the last year, Luscar conducted a review of highwall mining procedures to reduce potential hazards. The company also sent occupational therapists out to ride with truck drivers and recommend stretches to reduce muscle strain and fatigue.
Luscar's injury rates for employees and contractors are among the lowest for industrial employers in Canada. Last year, Luscar was one of 350 Alberta employers awarded the 2004 Best Performer status for workplace health and safety programs.
The company's website is at www.Luscar.com.