Media Release: Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission Announces Winners of 62nd Annual Mine Rescue Competition

June 03 / 2019

Media Release: Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission Announces Winners of 62nd Annual Mine Rescue Competition

Yellowknife, NT (June 3, 2019) – Gahcho Kué Diamond Mine (De Beers Canada Inc.) took home the Overall Surface trophy, and Diavik Diamond Mine (Rio Tinto Ltd.) took home the Overall Underground trophy at the 62nd Annual Mine Rescue Competition, held June 1st, 2019 in Yellowknife.

The two-day competition saw six teams demonstrate mine surface and underground response and rescue skills. 
                                                                
“It’s amazing to see the focus these teams bring to the competition, and the camaraderie they have with one another,” said Kim Collins Riffel, WSCC Interim President and CEO. 

“The hard work and sacrifices these individuals make to participate in these events is incredible. This isn’t just a competition, but a way to practice life-saving skills. At the end of the day, this event is about safety, and everyone comes away a winner.”

The WSCC announced the winners at the awards banquet held Saturday evening. 

Event Event Sponsor Winner
Bench Technician WSCC Craig Archibald – Diavik Diamond Mine (Rio Tinto Ltd.)
Surface First Aid De Beers Canada Baffinland Iron Mine (Baffinland Iron Mines Corporation
Underground First Aid Baffinland Diavik Diamond Mine (Rio Tinto Ltd.)
Surface Practical Bench Dominion Diamond Mines Gahcho Kué Diamond Mine (De Beers Canada Inc.)
Fire Fighting Levitt-Safety Baffinland Iron Mine (Baffinland Iron Mines Corporation)
Surface Rope Rescue Nuna Logistics Meadowbank Gold Mine (Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd.)
Underground Rope Rescue TMAC Resources Diavik Diamond Mine (Rio Tinto Ltd.)
Surface Written Test Agnico Eagle Gahcho Kué Diamond Mine (De Beers Canada Inc.)
Underground Written Test Dominion Diamond Mines Diavik Diamond Mine (Rio Tinto Ltd.)
Surface Smoke Draeger Canada Gahcho Kué Diamond Mine (De Beers Canada Inc.)
Underground Smoke Draeger Canada Diavik Diamond Mine (Rio Tinto Ltd.)
Underground Bench/Field Test WSCC Diavik Diamond Mine (Rio Tinto Ltd.)
Surface Obstacle/Extrication De Beers Canada Gahcho Kué Diamond Mine (De Beers Canada Inc.)
Underground Obstacle Diavik Diavik Diamond Mine (Rio Tinto Ltd.)
Overall Surface WSCC Gahcho Kué Diamond Mine (De Beers Canada Inc.)
Overall Underground WSCC Diavik Diamond Mine (Rio Tinto Ltd.)

Notes to Editor: Photographs are available on request.

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Maggie Collins
Communications Manager
Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission
Northwest Territories and Nunavut
T: (867) 920-3854