In April 2016 the Sheerness Mine celebrated two milestones. On April 3rd they reached 21 years with no lost time incidents, on April 15th we saw the retirement of a long time Mine Foreman. Dale Bish retired after 45 years in the mining community, 21 of those years at the Sheerness Mine. He has been with the Sheerness Mine since it first opened in April 3, 1995.
In 1996, 2001, 2004 and 2009 the Sheerness Mine won the John T. Ryan Award. The John T. Ryan Trophies are the Canadian Institute of Mining Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) awards of excellence and are awarded to a mine in a given category (coal) which experiences the lowest accident frequency during the previous year in all of Canada.
What have we accomplished in the past 21 years at Sheerness?
- Hauled 71.6 Million tons of coal
- BE 1300 Dragline moved 188.6 million cubic meters of dirt in 6.75 million buckets
- Page 736 Dragline moved 133.6 million cubic meters of dirt in 6.36 million buckets
- 92 million Liters of diesel fuel consumed
- 4,490 hectares of land disturbed
- 3,470 hectares leveled
- 3,340 hectares of top soil placed
- 2,650 hectares seeded
- 3.77 million exposure hours lost time incident free 20 year stat (from last year)
“It reflects our employees’ commitment to safety and their continued efforts to improve their workplace standards in safety. Results like these raise the bar in terms of our commitment to social responsibility and being an employer of choice – and help to deliver against ever-increasing community expectations towards safety.”