Rio Tinto Kennecott named 2013 Chief Executive Safety Award winner

Rio Tinto Kennecott received the company's highest honor, the Chief Executive Safety Award, for its exemplary safety performance up to, during and following the April 2013 Bingham Canyon Mine slide.

The annual Safety Award is presented to Rio Tinto business groups that demonstrated exemplary safety performance during the year. Safety in the workplace is Rio Tinto’s highest priority. The company’s vision is to create an injury and illness-free workplace where everyone goes home safe and healthy each day of their working life.

Kennecott, part of the Rio Tinto copper group, won the overall Safety Award for:

  • Outstanding safety practices, implementation and execution leading up to the April slide and during the continued recovery;
  • Encouraging and employing work-force-generated ideas to engage employees and contractors in Rio Tinto’s Zero Harm safety program;
  • Committing to having all leaders in the field each day.

In addition to the overall safety category, award categories include ‘most improved site award,’ which was awarded to Kestrel Mine from Rio Tinto’s Energy group and ‘best project award,’ awarded to Boron MDK, from Rio Tinto’s Minerals and Technology & Innovation groups.

Commenting on the recognition, Rio Tinto Chief Executive Sam Walsh stated, “The achievements of Kennecott, Kestrel Mine and the MDDK project demonstrate the commitment these operations have to achieving world class safety results and provide inspiration for all of our sites.”

“Before the slide and today, safety remains our first priority,” added Bingham Canyon Mine General Manager Matt Lengerich.