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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 10, 2008
BHP Billiton Diamonds Inc. is very pleased to announce that it has been awarded the John T. Ryan National Safety Trophy in recognition of EKATI Diamond Mine as having the best safety performance in Canada in the Select Mine Category for 2007.This prestigious national award from Mine Safety Appliances Canada Limited has a proud history in Canada and is awarded each year to operations which display outstanding safety performance.
“Winning the John T. Ryan National Safety Trophy is an important milestone on our journey towards Zero Harm and we will take a moment to celebrate this significant achievement with our team of dedicated employees and contractors”, said Ricus Grimbeek, President and Chief Operating Officer of BHP Billiton Diamonds Inc. “The real prize for a good safety performance is that all of our workers return home to their loved ones without injury, and we are working towards an operation where we can guarantee Zero Harm to everyone in our workplace.”
EKATI has worked for many years to reduce the frequency of injuries in its business and in the last two years in particular, the number of injuries sustained has dropped by two thirds. This performance is all the more remarkable during a time of unprecedented activity with the ramp up of its newly constructed Panda Underground Mine and the construction of the Koala Underground Mine.
EKATI’s safety performance in 2007 places it as one of the top ten safest mines to work at within the BHP Billiton Group and therefore in the world.
For more information contact:
Superintendent of External Affairs
BHP Billiton Diamonds Inc.
Tel: (867) 669-6107
Fax: (867) 669-9293
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