John T. Ryan Trophies - Description

The John T. Ryan trophies are awarded by Mine Safety Appliances Canada Limited as a memorial to the founder of the company. The National trophies are awarded by the Institute to the metalliferous mine, the select mine, and the coal mine which experienced the lowest accident frequencies during the previous year in all of Canada.

This prize is awarded for the previous year's performance (e.g. 2005 winners are rewarded for their performance in 2004).

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This Year's Winners - National Trophies for 2010-2011

Canada Trophy for Metal Mines
Vale - T-1 Mine and Birchtree Mines Vale
T-1 Mine and Birchtree Mines

Thompson, Manitoba

Thompson Mine

Thompson Mine is located adjacent to the city of Thompson, Manitoba. The Thompson ore body is within the Thompson Nickel Belt and is hosted in two main types of mineral deposits: metasedimentary hosted and ultramafic associated. The Thompson ore body was discovered in 1956 and the T-1 Shaft was developed in 1957, with production starting in 1959. The mine has operated continuously since 1959 and to date, Thompson Mine has mined more than 80 million tons of ore for a total of 4.3 billion pounds of Nickel.

The T-1 Shaft was deepened to its present depth of 4,423 feet in 1967 and hoists all Thompson Mine ore and waste. The mine first utilized labour-intensive cut-and-fill mining methods and in the mid-1980s, converted to vertical block mining. Presently, T-1 Mine production is from five complexes that use vertical block mining in primary areas and several remnant recovery mining methods. T-1 Mine manpower averages 247 people, covering a 24/7 schedule.

Vale Manitoba Operations and United Steelworkers Local 6166 initiated the Safe Production risk management system to achieve “Zero Harm” by reducing risk to “as low as reasonably achievable” (ALARA). Through the proactive practices of the SafeProduction principles, the team has collectively been able to reduce the accident frequency at the mine in recent years. The team continues to build on lowering and mitigating the severity of incidents at T-1 Mine.

Birchtree Mine

Vale’s Birchtree Mine is located five kilometres south of Thompson, Manitoba. The Birchtree ore body is located within the Thompson Nickel Belt and is hosted in sedimentary and ultramafic mineral deposits. The Birchtree shaft was developed in 1966; however was shut down from 1977 to 1988. Operations were resumed in 1989 and the mine was deepened to its present depth of 4,200 feet in 1999.

Birchtree’s production occurs from two main complexes that use vertical block mining in primary areas, several remnant recovery mining methods, and one mechanized cut-and-fill stope accessed by an independent surface portal. To date, the mine has produced more than 20 million tons of ore with over 800 million pounds of nickel. Manpower averages 260 people working a 24/7 schedule.

Vale Manitoba Operations and United Steelworkers Local 6166 initiated the SafeProduction risk management system to achieve “Zero Harm” by reducing risk to “as low as reasonably achievable” (ALARA). Through the proactive practices of the SafeProduction principles, the team has collectively been able to reduce the accident frequency at the mine in recent years. The team continues to build on lowering and mitigating the severity of incidents.

Canada Trophy for Select Mines

Canadian Gypsum Company, Windsor Plant Canadian Gypsum Company
Windsor Plant

Windsor, Nova Scotia

The CGC Windsor plant (formerly Fundy Gypsum Company) has been a major supplier of gypsum products to the Eastern United States since 1924. It is owned and operated by CGC, Inc., a subsidiary of Chicago-based USG Corporation.

This Fortune 500 company has more than 40 plants in the United States and Canada and is North America's largest manufacturer of wallboard (also called drywall or gypsum panels), which is sold under the SHEETROCK® Brand Gypsum Panels brand name.

Safety has always been CGC Windsor 's most important value.

Canada Trophy for Coal Mines

Teck Coal Limited - Coal Mountain Operations Teck Coal Limited
Coal Mountain Operations

Sparwood, British Columbia

Teck's Coal Mountain operations is located 30 kilometres southeast of Sparwood in southeastern British Columbia. Coal Mountain was first developed as an underground mine in 1905, and large-scale open pit operations began in the 1940s.

Coal Mountain is comprised of 3,836 hectares of coal lands, and approximately1,016 hectares are currently being mined or are scheduled for mining. At 2010 production rates, Coal Mountain's proven and probable reserves are projected to support mining for nine years.

Coal Mountain produces both steelmaking and thermal coal. The current annual production capacities of the mine and preparation plant are 2.9 and 3.5 million tonnes of clean coal, respectively. The majority of its coal is shipped through the Vancouver ports and the remainder is shipped overseas through the Great Lakes or is used in North America.

Coal Mountain permanently employs 270 people. Safety is a deeply ingrained part of the work culture; both management and employees are committed to the safe, efficient and environmentally responsible production of coal. As a result, Coal Mountain has consistently been among one of the safest mines in British Columbia.


This Year's Winners - Regional Trophies for 2010-2011

Metal Mines Category

Quebec and East
Xstrata Zinck, Brunswick Mine
Ontario
Xstrata Copper, Kidd Mine
Prairies and Northwest Territories
Cameco, McArthur River Mine
British Columbia and Yukon
Not awarded for 2010

Select Mines Category

East
PotashCorp, New Brunswick Division
West
Diavik Diamond Mine