Mine Safety Awards

The Mine Safety Awards were established in 1961 by the province to recognize the safety record of mines in this province. Each year, these awards honour mining operations for their safety accomplishments in the previous calendar year.

The Mine Safety Awards are held each year to honour the safest mining operations in B.C. Each year's winners gather the following spring to be presented their awards.

The following awards were handed out on May 5th, 2022 at the 60th Annual Mine Safety Awards in Victoria.

Open Pit Mine and Quarry Awards

Certificate of Achievement

Certificates of Achievement were presented to the following operations, all of which had a minimum of 15,000 worker hours and an injury-frequency rate of zero:

  • Jamieson Quarry – Mainland Construction Materials ULC
  • McLean Sumas Mountain – Mainland Construction Materials ULC
  • Westridge Quarries – Westridge Quarries Ltd.
  • Windermere Mining Operation – CertainTeed Canada Inc.

Stewart/O'Brian Safety Award

This award was presented to the following operations, all of which logged between 35,000 and 200,000 worker hours and had the lowest injury-frequency rate:

  • Ward Road Quarry - 532470 BC LTD. – Summit Crushing
  • Nickel Plate Mine - Barrick Gold Inc.
  • Cox Station - Mainland Construction Materials ULC
  • Orca Sand and Gravel - Vulcan Materials Company
  • Sandhill Materials - Sandhill Materials Inc.

Edward Prior Award

This award is presented to operations that logged between 200,000 and 1,000,000 worker hours and had the lowest injury-frequency rate:

  • Conuma Coal Resources Ltd. - Wolverine Mine

John Ash Award

This award is presented to operations that logged a minimum of 1,000,000 worker hours and had the lowest injury-frequency rate:

  • Taseko Mines Ltd. - Gibraltar Mine

Underground Mine Awards

Large Underground Mines Award

This award is presented to operations with more than 240,000 worker hours (one-third of which were underground) and that had the lowest injury-frequency rate during the calendar year:

  • Brucejack Mine – Pretium Resources Inc

Chief Inspector of Mines Award

  • Hy-Tech Drilling Ltd for their commitment to health and safety.

Mine Safety Technology Award

The Mine Safety Technology Award is a leading indicator award created to recognize the development of controls to prevent workplace incidents and to acknowledge a mine’s innovation, using technology to protect the health and safety of its employees. We want to hear how you identified the problem and what you did to fix it, either using brand new technology or through the innovation of existing technology. This is a chance to showcase how your company took innovative steps to make BC’s mining sector safer.

  • Fireside Barite Mine - Fireside Minerals Ltd