Living the New Gold Values:
Protecting the Health and Safety of Our People

New Gold has worked very hard to ensure safety procedures and site standards are in place and work practices are performed in a safe manner with minimal risk. New Gold has established proven, formalized risk management processes that enable our workers to identify hazards, assess risk, determine appropriate control measures for those hazards and risks, and monitor the effectiveness of those controls. In addition, we continually review our identified risks and seek to improve our measures to mitigate potential risks.

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 2015

In 2015, our operations and projects reached the following health and safety milestones:

  • Blackwater project: three 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 3 million hours worked)
  • Rainy River: two years with no Lost-Time Injuries
  • New Afton: one year with no Lost-Time Injuries (with over a million hours worked)
  • Mesquite: one year with no Lost-Time Injuries

In 2015, New Gold achieved unprecedented health and safety performance results. We achieved our lowest injury frequency rate and incident numbers for Lost-Time Injuries (LTI), Total Reportable Injuries (TRI), Injury Severity and High Potential Incidences. With only one Lost-Time Injury in 2015, we are a gold mining industry leader in health and safety performance.

There were no significant regulatory fines or orders regarding health and/or safety non-compliance in 2015.

In accordance with our Health and Safety Standard, formal audits complying with OHSAS 18001 (Occupational Health and Safety Standard) and the WorkSafe BC Certificate of Recognition were conducted at New Afton, Mesquite, Peak Mines, Blackwater and the corporate offices. Results of the audits and recommendations from the auditors are shared with the workforce and are the basis for continual improvement. In addition, assessments were conducted at all operations in 2015 according to a schedule of internal peer review or third-party audits, which were supplemented by regulator-led audits. We are implementing the resulting recommendations with a particular focus on new processes to enhance safety performance across the organization.

Occupational Health and Safety Performance1,2,3
2013 2014 2015
Lost-Time Injuries (LTI) 4 8 1
Lost-Time Injury Frequency Rate (LTIFR)4 0.15 0.33 0.03
Total Reportable Injuries (TRI)5 65 62 52
Total Reportable Injury Frequency Rate (TRIFR)6 2.43 2.54 1.86
Total number of employees and contractors7 2,069 2,125 1,825
1.

There were no fatalities recorded in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

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 highly trained and equipped emergency response teams 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.

In 2015, New Afton held a full-scale exercise to test emergency response, personnel evacuation and corporate crisis management. Local external agencies were involved in the planning of the exercise.

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 2015, approximately 81,384 hours of safety training were achieved across our 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.

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Injury Frequency Rates

Injury frequency rate chart
  • 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.