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Vale Inco's North Mine goes three years without disabling injury

Employees at Vale Inco’s North Mine have achieved a significant milestone in the mining industry, reaching three years without a disabling injury.

Employees at Vale Inco’s North Mine have achieved a significant milestone in the mining industry, reaching three years without a disabling injury.

“Safety at our operations is always our number one priority,” said Fred Stanford, President of Vale Inco’s Ontario Operations, in a news release. “Our people at North Mine have done an amazing job looking out for themselves and each other – and together have set new standards in safety excellence.”

A disabling injury is a work-related injury that prevents a worker from performing his or her normal duties. Reaching the 3-year milestone equates to 1,095 days or 1.6 million man-hours without a disabling injury, said a news release.

Vale Inco is recognized as a leader in safety in the mining industry. This year, North Mine was awarded the National John T. Ryan Trophy for being the safest metal mine in Canada in 2006.

This is the third consecutive year a Vale Inco mine has been named the safest in Canada, with Garson Mine winning the Ryan Trophy for 2005 and Birchtree Mine in Manitoba winning it the year before.

“Vale Inco prides itself on its tradition of safety, and we will continue to work as hard as we can to keep our employees and communities safe,” said Stanford.