Health and Safety
La India Builds an Impressive Safety Culture
6.5 million hours worked without a lost-time accident.
In 2012, when development of the La India mining complex got underway, there was one clear safety goal – to achieve safe production and live up to the commitments contained in Agnico Eagle’s sustainable development policy.
That policy aims to achieve a safe and healthy workplace that is free from injury and a zero harm culture by maintaining high standards.
Throughout the construction phase, over 1,000 contractors and 180 Agnico Eagle workers were onsite. Now, in the operating phase, there are 420 employees and approximately 200 contractors at the complex. No matter the years or the number of workers, everyone at La India has put forth an outstanding safety performance.
As of year-end 2017, the team at La India has worked a record 6,483,354 hours without a lost-time accident – that is an astounding 3 years and 8 months when all workers returned home safe and sound to their families. In both 2017 and 2016, the complex achieved its goal of “0” lost-time accident and eliminated all restricted work assignment cases. Our zero harm safety culture has also been adopted by contractors on site, with their last lost-time accident occurring in 2014 and restricted work case in 2015.
According to Gustavo Amador, Director of Project Development for Agnico Eagle Mexico, “Our newest generation of workers has also taken La India’s long-standing safety culture to heart, using different tools, such as our Responsible Mining Management System (RMMS) and the Mining Association of Canada Toward Sustainable Mining (TSM) initiative. However, their biggest safety teachers are their fellow employees who work safely day after day around the site –helping us all achieve a healthy, safe and clean work environment.”
In 2017, La India was recognized by the Mexican Secretariat of Labor for accomplishing all first level requirements for the Self-Management Program, which recognizes companies who comply with all health and safety regulations.