Taking a proactive approach to safety was the key to keeping Huckleberry Mines’ injury-free in 2015, according to health and safety lead Clifford Yuen.
The Northwest copper mine was awarded the Edward Prior Award at the Mine Safety Awards in Victoria on March 7.
Huckleberry Mines received the accolade, which was shared with Copper Mountain Mine in Princeton, for achieving a zero injury frequency rate at a mine with between 200,000 and 1 million worker hours in 2015.
Yuen said all employees should be congratulated for their role in keeping Huckleberry injury-free.
“Employee health and safety is job number one at Huckleberry Mines and we work together as a team in an effort to proactively reduce injuries and accidents,” said Yuen in a statement.
The Edward Prior Award is named after B.C.’s first mines inspector, who was appointed in the 1870s after a number of workers died in underground mines near Nanaimo.
Yuen said the company would continue to prioritize safety at the mine.
“As a company we also recognize that the job in safety is never done, and we will be working together with our staff and management to continually improve our safety program as we work towards another great year,” he said.