New safety award for Canadian mine construction

THE Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum has joined Toronto-based engineering and construction development company Hatch to establish a new annual safety award.
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Justin Niessner

The Hatch-CIM Mining and Minerals Project Construction Safety Award will honor the best construction safety practices and project management results among joint works by project owners and project companies.

Eligible organizations must have completed a single significant project in Canada and at least one of the groups working on the project must be an active member of the CIM.

CIM executive director Jean Vavrek said the idea for the award had been on the table for a couple of years but considering the good safety track record for these kinds of projects, it was an award whose time had come.

“The construction phase of any mining and minerals projects is complex and very dynamic, offering particular challenges,” Vavrek said.

“We look forward to receiving numerous submissions for consideration and will surely feel a great swell of pride when the first recipient walks up on the stage to receive the award next year at the awards ceremony at CIM Convention 2013 in Toronto.”

All Canadian mine and processing facilities in the Canadian coal sector will be eligible so long as the project in question is 100% complete 12 months prior to application.

The Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum has over 13,000 members and focuses on technology, networking and professional development in the mining industry.

Hatch is a global engineering, procurement and construction management company providing strategic, technical and delivery services.

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