Québec City, June 10, 2021 – Graymont’s Marbleton Plant, located at Dudswell in the Eastern Townships, was one of the companies honoured at the annual presentation of the prestigious F.J. O’Connell awards by the Québec Mining Association (QMA) to recognize outstanding achievement in the field of workplace health and safety.
The Marbleton Plant won the trophy in the “Surface operations, transportation and primary metals processing” category.
Since 1966, the trophies have been presented each year to make workers and supervisors more aware of the importance of teamwork in prevent accidents during mine operations. The criteria for awarding the trophies also take into account improvements in a facility’s performance, its performance compared to the industry average, and the combined accident rate based on pre-determined target values.
« For the QMA, which was founded in 1936 to improve the health and safety record in mines, it is important to recognize the exemplary commitment and involvement of mining companies and their employees in workplace health and safety. This is why, for the last 55 years, the QMA has presented its F.J. O’Connell trophies to highlight the individual efforts made to ensure a safer workplace for all. Mining companies have focused on prevention, and the results speak for themselves. »
« During the COVID-19 pandemic, the health and safety of workers and their families have come under even greater scrutiny. Québec’s mines have been able to introduce public health measures while maintaining their emphasis on precautions as a way to avoid accidents. We can be proud of their efforts, which demonstrate once again that workplace health and safety is taken very seriously in Québec’s mines. »– 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 48,006 jobs and total expenditure of $9.9 billion generated by Québec’s mining industry in 2018, based on the most recent data. The QMA’s mission is to promote, support and proactively develop a responsible, committed and innovative mining industry in Québec.