F.J. O’Connell trophies : outstanding workplace health and safety results by three mining companies honoured by the Quebec Mining Association

Québec City, June 7, 2019 – At its annual convention, the Quebec Mining Association (QMA) recognized the outstanding performance of three mining companies in the field of workplace health and safety during the year and presented F.J. O’Connell trophies to highlight their achievements.

The winning companies are:

· In the “Underground mining – under 400,000 hours worked” category:
o Monarch Gold Corporation’ Beaufor Mine;

· In the “Underground mining – over 400,000 hours worked” category:
o Newmont Goldcorp’s Éléonore Mine;

· In the “Surface, transportation and primary metals processing” category:
o Graymont’s Bedford Plant.

The trophies have been awarded every year since 1966 to raise awareness among workers and supervisors of the importance of teamwork in preventing accidents in mining operations. To reward a high-performance level, the criteria for the awards take into account improvements in performance, performance compared to the industry average, and the combined accident rate based on pre-determined target values.


“Workplace health and safety is a overriding concern for the mining industry, and this is why the Quebec Mining Association has, for over 50 years, presented F.J. O’Connell trophies to highlight outstanding performance by mining companies.”

“Workplace health and safety is a strongly-anchored value. Thanks to the efforts made every day to prevent accidents, the accident rate continues to improve, making the mining industry a model to follow. Despite these enviable results, however, we cannot rest on our laurels and must continue to strive, on a daily basis, to improve working methods to ensure that Quebec’s mining industry remains a leader in the field of workplace health and safety. Workers are a priceless resource for our industry, and we must spare no effort to ensure their health and safety.”

– Josée Méthot, QMA president and CEO

About the Québec Mining Association 

The Québec Mining Association (QMA) was founded in 1936 and speaks proactively for mining companies involved in exploration, extraction and processing, mining contractors and junior mining companies, along with suppliers, institutions, non-profit organizations and other mining sector partners. It is proud of the 40,540 jobs and total expenditure of $8.5 billion generated by Québec’s mining industry over the last year. The QMA’s mission is to promote, support and proactively develop a responsible, committed and innovative mining industry in Québec.