Esterhazy K1 receives acclaimed safety award


Mosaic’s Esterhazy K1 facility is the recipient of Canada’s most celebrated award for mine safety, the John T. Ryan award.

The award was presented to The Mosaic Company at the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) gala in Vancouver, B.C. on May 2.

Esterhazy K1 received the award in the Select Mines Category in recognition of its outstanding safety performance in 2015. The John T. Ryan award is handed out to mines in different sectors, winners are presented in metal, coal and a select mine that experience the lowest accident frequency during the calendar year.

There were five co-winners this year – PCS (New Brunswick), DeBeers Canada (Victor Mine – Ontario), North American Construction (Kearl Lake – Alberta) and Vale (Voisey’s Bay – Newfoundland).

The award committee looks at lost time injuries and modified work injuries, based on accepted Workers Compensation Board (WCB) claims.

Throughout 2015 and 2016, K1 went 431 days without an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recordable incident.

“To be recognized as one of the five safest mines in Canada in 2015 is a remarkable accomplishment for the Esterhazy K1 mine site,” said Paul Gill, General Manager-K1.

Gill was in Vancouver to accept the award on behalf of Mosaic in May. On June 4, the Esterhazy K1 team was recognized at the Saskatchewan Mining Association banquet for winning the honour.

“This award is a result of our employees committing to and taking responsibility for working together to keep each other safe,” said Gill. “This prestigious award is a testament to our ongoing commitment to keeping our employees and the environment safe and to eliminate all injuries.”

The award has been handed out annually since 1941 by Mine Safety Appliances Company as a memorial to founder John T. Ryan.

This is the third time that Mosaic has won this award. In 2012, Belle Plaine received this special honour and Esterhazy K1 won in 2007.

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