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For Immediate Release


June 8, 2009

Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources




SQUAMISH – The Province celebrated excellence in mine safety at the combined Provincial Mine Rescue, First Aid and Safety Awards ceremony held June 6 near Squamish.


The 54th Annual Provincial Mine Rescue and First Aid Competition brought together regional mine rescue teams for an all-day event at Britannia Mine at Britannia Beach. The competition was designed to simulate real-life situations and test skills in first aid, extrication, fire fighting, rope work and general mine rescue knowledge. Trophies were awarded to the best three-person miner first aid team, as well as for excellence in surface and underground mine rescue.


Mining industry representatives from across B.C. also gathered at Quest University later that evening to celebrate the 47th Annual Mine Safety Awards ceremony. The awards were handed out to 14 mines and quarries that had accumulated 15,000 or more worker or contractor hours, and had no fatalities between the period of Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2008.


The Provincial Mine Rescue and First Aid Competition, and the Annual Mine Safety Awards recognize the dedication of an industry committed to health and safety best practices across the province.


 Under the Health, Safety and Reclamation Code for Mines in B.C., all mines are required to provide emergency response capability. The industry’s commitment to safety is reflected in the numbers. As of 2007, the industry had an injury rate of 2.4 per 100 person-years. This is one of the lowest rates in heavy industry.


For information on the provincial mine rescue, first aid and mine safety award winners, please see the attached backgrounder.




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Jake Jacobs

Public Affairs Officer

Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources

250 952-0628

250 213-6934 cell


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