Mines Rescue Competition Showcases Global Excellence in Safety

Posted on Wednesday August 31, 2016

From August 19 to 26, 2016, mine rescue teams from around the globe met in Sudbury, Ontario, for the 10th International Mines Rescue Competition (IMRC), hosted by Workplace Safety North and Ontario Mine Rescue

Twenty-seven teams representing 13 nations competed in various events including an underground scenario, firefighting, first aid and more, to create a unique opportunity for all to share with and learn from each other. View photos of the teams in action.

According to the IMRC, "The concept of training through competition has been a mainstay of mine rescue organizations around the world for decades, while the philosophy of nations learning from each other has been the foundation of international competition since the inaugural International Mines Rescue Competition in 1999."

2016 marks the first year that the IMRC competition was held in Canada. Ontario Mining Association (OMA) member, Kirkland Lake Gold, was declared the First Overall Winner. Click here to view the full list of competition winners.

"We are very proud of Kirkland Lake Gold and all OMA member companies participating in this important competition," said OMA President Chris Hodgson. "Safety is our top priority, and we are constantly striving to improve our culture and performance. The IMRC offers a great opportunity to share challenges and solutions with some of the best global practitioners, and to contribute to making mining safer worldwide."

In seeking continual improvement of our health and safety performance, Ontario miners have made considerable strides, achieving a 96% improvement in lost time injury frequency over the past 30 years. This makes Ontario one of the safest mining jurisdictions in the world and mining one of the safest industries in the province. Nonetheless, there is much to be done still, as the ultimate goal for any Ontario mining company is achieving a zero-incident work environment. Learn more about our safety record and aspirations.

"We firmly believe that any workplace injury is preventable and that every worker has the right to return home safely to his or her family," concluded Chris Hodgson, "It is a privilege to share this belief with the global mining community through the IMRC. Thank you to our friends at Workplace Safety North and Ontario Mine Rescue for organizing an outstanding and impactful event."

Watch coverage of IMRC on CTV Northern Ontario.