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Belle Plaine Facility Honored for Outstanding Safety with John T. Ryan National Award

May 21, 2024

Mosaic's Belle Plaine facility has received the John T. Ryan National Safety Trophy for Select Mines from the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) for its impressive safety performance in 2023! Belle Plaine employees worked more than 1.1 million hours in 2023 with a reportable injury rate of zero. 

This annual award is presented to mining operations/companies with a low to no reportable injury frequency rate. The award committee looks at a combination of lost time injuries and modified work injuries based on accepted Workers Compensation Board (WCB) claims.  

At the award ceremony in Vancouver on May 12, leadership from Belle Plaine was on hand to receive the 2024 National Trophy. 

From left to right: Lawrence Berthelet, VP of Potash – North America; Ryan Thomas, General Manager – Belle Plaine; Matthew Swedburg, Senior Manager, Maintenance and Engineering – Belle Plaine; Brad Sigurdson, Vice President - Environment, Safety and Regulatory Affairs at Saskatchewan Mining Association.

Belle Plaine shares this year's award with Calibre Mining Corporation's Valentine Mine in Newfoundland and Labrador, and North American Construction Group's Aurora Mine Site in Alberta, who also had reportable injury rates of zero. 

Receiving the John T. Ryan Safety Award speaks to Mosaic's dedication to safety. In 2023, Belle Plaine recorded zero injuries for the third time in seven years. The Belle Plaine team is also off to a great start in 2024. The site is among 17 Mosaic sites to finish the first quarter with zero-recordable injuries.  

Sharing safety successes and achievements like this is a reminder that we can achieve zero recordables. It reinforces that nothing is more important than ensuring every Mosaic employee goes home the same way they came to work every day.  

Congratulations to the Belle Plaine team for setting an excellent example of how a site can meet and pass production goals while keeping safety as the top priority.