Identifying and measuring risks

2011 Results


Frequency of reportable injuries

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Number of lost-time accidents

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Mapping Serious Accidents
An exercise to map the risks of accidents at the Baie-Comeau Smelter was held on May 18 and 19, 2010.

Case Studies 


KEOPS, the secret behind lock-out at the Rod Plant

A tailor-made hammer: improving health and safety as well as productivity


Consolidating activities around best practices


All case studies


The commitment of employees toward building and maintaining a safety-based culture is the key to its success. We believe that we must continuously reinforce our safety culture by ensuring that it evolves as needed. As such, we will continue to implement our new approach to raising awareness on the prevention of human error throughout 2012.


To improve our safety system, we must accurately assess risk, then develop and implement operational controls that enable us to close any gaps. To ensure that we prevent all types of incidents and injuries, we have implemented safety programs covering all essential operational issues, including mobile equipment, fall prevention, electricity, enclosed spaces, etc.


These programs cover:


Fatality prevention

We value human life above all else. As a result, we are continuously classifying and analyzing all the serious risks associated with our activities so that we can control and mitigate them. Each facility must put measures in place to quickly and precisely identify potential hazards, establish the most effective protective equipment and find the best solutions to the root causes of incidents.


We have implemented a number of initiatives since 2010 to improve our fatality prevention program.  In addition to awareness, training and major risk identification programs, we also consolidated our daily audits of certain high-risk tasks in 2011.


Continuous improvement

In addition to our efforts in the area of fatality prevention, we have a continuous improvement plan that targets high severity injuries, such as incidents involving hands, fingers, the back, eyes and burns, as well as injuries to which new employees are more prone. Each facility analyzes its injury record to identify specific problem areas.



Workers and staff at every location are offered training to ensure they have the knowledge and skills needed to support the health and safety program, and to carry out their tasks safely.