Health and Safety

2017 Highlights

Our Health and Safety Stories

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Health and Safety

To achieve a safe and healthy workplace, we:
  • use sound engineering principles in the design and operation of our facilities;
  • promote overall health and wellness and establish programs to protect them;
  • provide appropriate training for all employees and contractors, at all stages of exploration, development, construction and operations;
  • identify, prevent, eliminate or mitigate the risks to health, safety and industrial hygiene;
  • maintain occupational health and industrial hygiene programs;
  • provide appropriate tools to carry out the work safely and efficiently; and
  • maintain a high degree of emergency preparedness to effectively respond to emergencies.


United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Agnico Eagle is working to achieve progress on a set of goals adopted by the United Nations in 2015. These 17 goals – known as the SDGs – focus on ending global poverty, protecting the planet and ensuring prosperity for all. Click the icons to read more about our activities.

We are committed to maintaining the highest health and safety standards possible. Our long-term goal is to strengthen our health and safety culture with more individual accountability and leadership. This will be accompanied by a shift to aspirational zero harm safety targets and leading performance indicators.

Our operations posted record safety performance, with the fewest lost-time accidents and restricted work frequency (LT+RW) since we began compiling global statistics over 10 years ago. We have also recorded the highest number of worked hours in Agnico Eagle history at 18,110,348 worked hours.

Our combined lost-time accident and restricted work frequency was 0.91, a 6% reduction from our 2016 rate of 0.97 and substantially below our target of 1.25. Three of our operations — Pinos/Mascota, La India and Lapa — contributed strongly to this improved performance. La India and Lapa both achieved perfect years with 52 weeks worked at triple zero performance, no lost-time accident, no restricted work case and no fatality and our Pinos/Mascota mine registered only two restricted work cases and two lost-time accidents during the year.

This is the seventh year in a row we have posted our lowest ever combined lost-time and restricted work frequency. Our 2017 performance reflects a total of 82 accidents, which resulted in either lost-time (37 accidents where the employees could not return to work immediately) or restricted work assignments (45 accidents where the employees continued to work but not in their regular job).

These results were achieved with almost 800 additional employees when compared to our 2016 workforce levels. In 2017, as we continue toward our goal of zero harm, we achieved 14 weeks in which no lost-time accident or restricted work cases were reported at any of our operations (this number includes Canadian Malartic whose reporting indicators do not include this particular measure). This compares to 15 weeks in 2016, when the size of our workforce was substantially smaller.

Both Goldex and Kittila mines saw significant safety performance improvements in 2017. Goldex achieved a combined frequency of 2.74, a 24% improvement over the 3.63 frequency of 2016. Kittila achieved a combined frequency of 1.34, a 35% improvement over the 2.05 frequency of 2016.

2017 was an extremely busy construction year for our Meliadine project. Hundreds of contractors were at site to prepare the ground, pour concrete, erect structures so that all major buildings would be closed off before winter. Even with this increased activity, the Meliadine teams focus on proper induction and supervision of the construction crews paid off with a 10% reduction of the combined accident frequency at 1.59 compared to 1.77 in 2016.

We increased cooperation between exploration teams across geographical areas. For example the annual fire risk assessment procedure developed for our Amaruq exploration camp was adapted and implemented at our El Barqueño project. The value of the joint initiative went beyond identification and mitigation of risks by establishing a long term cooperation relationship.

The in-house Helios and Apollo databases were developed, to improve the day-to-day management by our health teams at the mines. These databases will improve our understanding of exposure profiles which will in turn lead to better prevention.

In 2017, great progress were made in the implementation of a detection system for pedestrians in our underground mine. The system was tested at Goldex, Kittila and LaRonde. Full implementation in all our underground operations is expected for June 2018.

The better we understand the hazards present in our work environment, the easier it will be to prevent harm. With that in mind, in 2017, we implemented a user-friendly interactive system for the management and access to our Safety Data Sheets to raise awareness and preparedness.

2017 Performance