Building Our Shared Future:
Health and Safety

Safety in all we do is one of our key values, and we are committed to excellence in this area. At New Gold, we are dedicated to protecting our employees through safety-first work practices and promoting a culture of well-being.

We support our employees’ right to refuse unsafe work; report all incidents, hazards and near misses; and participate in programs that enhance their health, safety and well-being. Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committees at all of our sites serve to ensure that workers and contractors are able to raise health and safety issues to mine management. Incidents and near misses are reported, investigated and analyzed so that corrective and preventive actions can be taken to minimize the risk of recurrence.

Performance in 2016

In 2016 New Gold sites were able to achieve impressive safety milestones and accomplishments. Even though we did not fully reach the targets we set for 2016, we continued to achieve strong results through very challenging times, notably a closure process and construction of a greenfield mine in northern Ontario. Our operations and projects reached the following health and safety milestones:

  • Blackwater project: four years with no Lost-Time Injuries and two years with no Total Reportable Injuries (i.e., no medical treatment or alternate work duty due to injury)
  • Cerro San Pedro: two years with no Lost-Time Injuries (with over three million hours worked)
  • Rainy River: three years with no Lost-Time Injuries
  • New Afton: two years with no Lost-Time Injuries (with over two million hours worked), and reduced Total Reportable Injury Frequency Rate by 8%
  • Peak reduced its Total Reportable Injury Frequency Rate by 10%
  • There were no significant regulatory fines or orders regarding health and/or safety non-compliance in 2016

We also received the following awards:

  • New Afton received the BC Annual Safety Award for Large Underground Mines and for the third consecutive year, the John T. Ryan Safety Award for Metal Mines for the lowest accident frequency in British Columbia and Yukon.
  • Cerro San Pedro was recognized with the Casco De Plata (Silver Helmet) Award for the safest open pit mine in the country with over 500 employees the fourth consecutive year.

We credit the sites’ outstanding accomplishments to our collective effort towards prioritizing safety and focusing on prevention and corrective actions. We believe training is a vital part of our success. Health and safety training, including emergency response training, is critical at all New Gold sites and is reviewed regularly for continuous improvement. Our Health and Safety Standard requires that sites dedicate at least 1.25% of working hours to health and safety training. In 2016, approximately 92,000 hours of safety training were achieved across our sites – about 1.5% of total working hours. Training content ranged from health and safety orientations and emergency response, to specific hazards such as confined spaces and Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee training.

Our emergency response team members develop skills in first aid, evacuation, spill control and firefighting, as well as other site-specific emergency skills. In order to protect rescue workers, teams are regularly trained and conduct exercises and external competitions in a broad range of scenarios to maintain a high level of readiness and expertise.

In accordance with our Health and Safety Standard, audits and assessments were conducted at all operations in 2016 according to a schedule of internal peer review or third-party audits. We are implementing the resulting recommendations with a particular focus on new processes to enhance safety performance across the organization.

Scorecard 2: Our People

Priorities 2016 Target 2016 Performance 2017 Target
Health & Safety Occupational Health and Safety
  • Achieve 25% reduction of the three-year rolling average for Lost-Time Injury Frequency Rate (LTIFR).
    • Not Achieved. We achieved a 2% reduction of the three-year rolling average for Lost-Time Injury Frequency Rate (LTIFR).
  • Achieve 20% reduction of the three-year rolling average for LTIFR across the operations.
  • SDG 3
  • Reduce Total Reportable Injury Frequency Rate (TRIFR) by 5% at each operation.
    • Partially Achieved. Peak and New Afton reduced TRIFR by 8% and 10% respectively.
  • Achieve 5% reduction of the three-year rolling average for Total Reportable Injury Frequency Rate (TRIFR) at each operation.
  • SDG 3
  • Achieved Achieved
  • Missed Not Achieved
  • Missed Partially Achieved
  • SDG = Sustainable Development Goal

 

Occupational Health and Safety Performance1,2,3
2014 2015 2016
Lost-Time Injuries (LTI) 8 1 5
Lost-Time Injury Frequency Rate (LTIFR)4 0.33 0.03 0.16
Total Reportable Injuries (TRI)5 62 52 72
Total Reportable Injury Frequency Rate (TRIFR)6 2.54 1.86 2.36
Total number of employees and contractors7 2,125 1,825 1,569
1.

All Injury Frequency Rate (AIFR) is the number of all injuries per 200,000 hours worked.

2.

Rainy River’s statistics are included from August 2013, dating from the project’s acquisition by New Gold. A similar table detailing these performance indicators by site is available in the Appendix.

3.

Injuries include both trauma and occupational diseases.

4.

Lost-Time Injury Frequency Rate (LTIFR) is the number of lost-time injuries per 200,000 hours worked. Lost-Time Injuries x 200,000 hours ÷ total hours worked.

5.

Total Reportable Injuries (TRI) includes LTI, Restricted Duties Injuries and Medical Treatment Injuries.

6.

Total Reportable Injury Frequency Rate (TRIFR) is the number of injuries per 200,000 hours worked. (Lost-Time Injuries + Medical Treatment Injuries + Restricted Duties Injuries) x 200,000 hours ÷ total hours worked.

7.

Includes permanent and defined term employees and contractors at all sites and offices, as well as the corporate exploration team.

 

Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committees

At New Gold, we consider Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committees (JOHSCs) a critical element of a well-functioning health and safety system. These committees are advisory bodies that help to raise awareness of health and safety issues in the workplace. JOHSCs are in place at each of our sites and are composed of worker and management representatives who embody all employees and contractors, and are committed to improving health and safety performance at our sites. The JOHSCs regularly participate in audits and conduct site inspections, identify potential issues, and make recommendations for the improvement of sites’ health and safety systems.

Emergency Response

We make sure procedures and resources are in place to respond effectively to potential crisis and emergency situations. Every New Gold mine and project maintains emergency response teams comprised of individuals who have taken the internationally recognized Incident Command System (ICS) training. New Gold sites hold regular emergency response and crisis management exercises and drills. All site-based emergency response activities are supported by the New Gold Corporate Crisis Management Plan, which meets international standards and best practices.

TRAINING

Health and safety training, including emergency response training, is critical at all New Gold sites and is reviewed regularly for continuous improvement. Our Health and Safety Standard requires that sites dedicate at least 1.25% of working hours to health and safety training. In 2016, almost 92,000 hours of health and safety training were recorded at New Gold sites. Training content ranged from health and safety orientations and emergency response, to specific hazards such as confined spaces and Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committees training.

Our emergency response team members undergo training in first aid, evacuation, spill control and firefighting, as well as other site-specific emergency skills. In order to protect rescue workers, teams are regularly trained and conduct exercises and external competitions in a broad range of scenarios to maintain a high level of readiness and expertise.

Injury Frequency Rates

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  • Total Reportable Injury Frequency Rate (TRIFR)1
  • List-Time Injury Frequency Rate (LTIFR)2
1.

Total Reportable Injury Frequency Rate (TRIFR) is the number of injuries per 200,000 hours worked. (Lost-Time Injuries + Medical Treatment Injuries + Restricted Duties Injuries) x 200,000 hours ÷ total hours worked.

2.

Lost-Time Injury Frequency Rate (LTIFR) is the number of lost-time injuries per 200,000 hours worked. (Lost-Time Injuries x 200,000 hours) ÷ total hours worked.