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Aldo Cermenati, left, receiving the Annual Safety Award from Ricardo Garib, Vice President of Aprimin at the annual gala in Santiago, Chile
The Chilean mining suppliers' association Aprimin has awarded Metso with the Annual Safety Award 2014 in the Large Company category. The Finnish firm received this recognition for the second year running for its excellent performance in the prevention of occupational hazards.
The Aprimin award was granted during the Association's recent annual gala in Santiago, Chile, attended by the Minister of Mines and major mining companies in the country. It was given for attaining the result of more than a million hours worked without accidents. Metso was said to have stood out from the more than 90 other member companies by fostering a safety culture in its operations at both its own and its customers' facilities.
"Within the overarching goal of preventing accidents and loss of life, occupational safety in mining is an ongoing concern among companies and demands our utmost attention and foresight. Achieving zero accidents is the outcome of an endeavour to create and sustain a work climate where safety is not a statistic but a way of life. It is therefore with great pleasure that Aprimin recognizes Metso for the second year running for its ethical responsibility and commitment to safety standards," said Juan Carlos Olivares, Aprimin's General Manager.
"One of our goals is to protect the safety of all workers, both inside and outside of the company, at all times. This recognition shows that we are moving in the right direction as a company. The challenge is to keep the focus continuously on safety excellence. We must constantly be alert, promoting and developing further initiatives and projects to maintain and improve our safety performance indicators over time," stressed Aldo Cermenati, SVP, Pacific Rim market area at Metso.