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Diavik Mine Receives Canadian Safety Award

by NationTalk on April 18, 2008807 Views

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The Diavik Diamond Mine has been awarded the 2007 John T. Ryan Safety Award for achieving the lowest reportable injury rate in the Regional Select Mines category for Western CanadaThe John T. Ryan Safety Trophies Committee, which includes senior provincial and territorial mines inspectors and senior provincial and territorial mining association representatives, selects John T. Ryan award winners. Participants in the regional Select Mine category include all western Canadian open-pit metal mines, oil sands operations, and various other mines, including diamonds.

“This trophy is official recognition of the effort made by every single person who works in our business. It is a prestigious award and one we should all feel very proud of. The award also confirms the value that the community places on workplace safety and provides confirmation of why we make health and safety one of our core values and must continue to do so,” said Diavik President Kim Truter. “We also believe that one of the reasons people choose to work on our site is because of our approach to health and safety,” he added.

Diavik was the first diamond mine in Canada to receive a John T. Ryan safety award, and in the 5 years since production began, Diavik has won the Regional Trophy 3 times. This confirms that Diavik is delivering results and is among the safest mining sites in the world. Diavik strives for continuous improvement in safety, and its 2007 Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate was 0.43, a nine per cent improvement over the previous year. The Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate is an industry standard based on number of injuries per 200,000 hours worked.

The John T. Ryan awards commemorate the founder of Mine Safety Appliances, and were inaugurated in 1941 as an effort to promote safety in mineral production. Awards are made on a national and regional basis to metalliferous, select, and coal mines which in the previous year experienced the lowest reportable injury frequency rate. More information on the awards can be found on the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum website at: http://www.cim.org/awards/JohnTRyanTrophies.cfm.

The Diavik Diamond Mine, located 300 km. northeast of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, is an unincorporated joint venture between DDMI (60%) and Harry Winston Diamond Mines Ltd. (40%). Both companies are headquartered in Yellowknife, Canada. DDMI is a wholly owned subsidiary of Rio Tinto plc of London, England, and Harry Winston Diamond Mines Ltd. is wholly owned by Harry Winston Diamond Corporation of Toronto, Canada. DDMI is the operator of the project. For further information contact Tom Hoefer, Manager of Communications & External Relations at Tel: (867) 669-6500, or visit the DDMI website at www.diavik.ca.

April 2008

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