Living the New Gold Values:
Protecting the Health and Safety of Our People

At New Gold we believe it is fundamental that everyone should return home injury-free after each workday. We strive to create a culture that motivates and supports individuals to keep themselves and their colleagues healthy and safe.

Performance in 2014

In 2014 there were no significant regulatory issues (e.g., citations or fines) relating to health and safety at any of our operations; the Mesquite Mine and Blackwater project both achieved two years without a lost-time incident while the Rainy River project achieved one year without a lost-time incident. Cerro San Pedro also achieved outstanding results with over two million hours and one full year worked without a lost-time incident.

Despite these accomplishments, New Gold faced some challenges in 2014 and as a result did not meet internal targets for injury frequency reduction. There were fewer incidents in 2014 than in 2013; however, we also had fewer working hours, resulting in injury frequency rates higher than in 2013. While our internal targets were not met, our injury frequency was 16% lower than comparable benchmarks. With a stronger focus on employee safety behaviours, risk assessments and increased interactions and observations by supervisors, we believe that we will see positive results in the near future.

In accordance with our Health and Safety Standard, assessments were conducted at all operations in 2014 using a combination of internal peer review, third-party audits and/or audits by regulators. The resulting recommendations are being implemented with a particular focus on new processes to enhance safety performance across the organization.

New Gold Canadian Operations were awarded the Top Safety Cultures™ for Mining Operations by an independent panel of experts in Safety Sensitive Work. New Afton also received the British Columbia Chief Inspector’s Award for its exemplary health and safety programs and the John T. Ryan Health and Safety Trophy for lowest injury frequency rate in British Columbia/Yukon and Northwest Territories.

Health and Safety Performance1,2 2012 2013 2014
Lost-Time Injuries (LTI) 16 4 8
Lost-Time Injury Frequency Rate (LTIFR)3 0.52 0.15 0.33
Total Reportable Injuries (TRI)4 150 65 62
Total Reportable Injury Frequency Rate (TRIFR)5 4.94 2.43 2.54
Total number of employees and contractors6 1,849 2,069 2,125

Rainy River’s statistics are included from August 2013, dating from the project’s acquisition by New Gold. A similar table detailing these performance indicators by site is available in the Appendix.


Injuries include both trauma and occupational diseases.


Lost-Time Injury Frequency Rate (LTIFR) is the number of lost-time injuries per 200,000 hours worked. Lost-Time Injuries x 200,000 hours ÷ total hours worked.


Total Reportable Injuries (TRI) includes LTI, Restricted Duties Injuries and Medical Treatment Injuries.


Total Reportable Injury Frequency Rate (TRIFR) is the number of injuries per 200,000 hours worked. (Lost-Time Injuries + Medical Treatment Injuries + Restricted Duties Injuries) x 200,000 hours ÷ total hours worked.


Includes permanent and defined term employees and contractors at all sites and offices including the corporate exploration team.

Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committees

At New Gold, we consider Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committees (JOHSCs) a critical element of a well-functioning health and safety system. These committees are advisory bodies that help to stimulate or raise awareness of health and safety issues in the workplace. JOHSCs are in place at each of our sites and are composed of worker and management representatives who represent all employees and contractors and are committed to improving health and safety conditions at our sites. The JOHSCs regularly conduct site inspections, identify potential issues, and make recommendations for the improvement of site health and safety systems.

Emergency Response

Every New Gold mine and project maintains highly trained and equipped emergency response teams, with volunteers from a variety of operational areas. New Gold sites hold regular emergency response exercises and drills both internally and with external agencies. All site-based emergency response activities are supported by the Corporate Crisis Management Plan, which meets international standards and best practices for incident command and control.


Health and safety training, as well as emergency response training, is critical at all sites and is reviewed regularly for continuous improvement. Our Health and Safety Standard requires that sites dedicate at least 1.25% of working hours to health and safety. Each New Gold site consistently goes beyond the minimum required hours, and manages its own resources and training to ensure that locally relevant hazards and emergency scenarios are addressed.

All emergency response team members undergo training in first aid, evacuation, spill control and firefighting, as well as other site-specific emergency skills. In order to protect rescue workers, teams are regularly trained and conduct exercises and external competitions in a broad range of scenarios to maintain a high level of readiness and expertise.

In 2014 almost 90,000 hours of safety training was achieved across our sites (1.85% of working hours), including a variety of themes, from health and safety orientations and emergency response to specific hazards such as confined spaces and JOHSC training.

Top Safety Cultures

New Gold acquired control of Rainy River in August 2013. Rainy River statistics are included from August 2013.


Total Reportable Injury Frequency Rate (TRIFR) is the number of injuries per 200,000 hours worked. (Lost-Time Injuries + Medical Treatment Injuries + Restricted Duties Injuries) x 200,000 hours ÷ total hours worked.


Lost-Time Injury Frequency Rate (LTIFR) is the number of lost-time injuries per 200,000 hours worked. (Lost-Time Injuries x 200,000 hours) ÷ total hours worked.