Canadian Gold Producer Agnico Eagle Cuts Accident Frequency Rate in Half

In 2011, Canadian gold producer Agnico Eagle Mines had an Accident Frequency Rate of 3.23 per 200,000 working hours. By 2014, they had cut that number down by more than half, reporting an Accident Frequency Rate of 1.48 at the end of the year. So, how did they do it?

By implementing best practices in accident management, engaging employees through collaboration, and demonstrating exceptional safety leadership among top management. They also relied on Intelex’s EHS Management software to support them in their new, streamlined approach to training, incidents, inspections and other critical business activities.

Committing to EHS Excellence

Agnico Eagle purchased Intelex EHS Management software in 2011, replacing their old Excel spreadsheets that had become inefficient. With Intelex’s centralized approach to training, incidents, inspections and other critical business activities, Agnico Eagle has streamlined communication across multiple divisions worldwide. They also simplified prioritization and decision-making by creating six unique dashboards, designed … Read more...

Think Twice Before You Dismiss that Near-Miss

They happen every day. They happen 300 times more frequently than incidents and they contain important information to prevent incidents. Yes, I am talking about near-misses. OSHA describes a near-miss as “an incident where no property was damaged and no personal injury sustained, but where given a slight shift in time or position, damage and/or injury could have occurred.” Basically, near-misses are any occurrence where the events did not result in injury but could have. This is why near-misses are often referred to as close-calls.

Near-Miss Reporting

Reporting and investigating incidents, injuries and any kind of damage is not only a vital step to managing safety, but for most organizations today it is required. Despite this, many organizations have yet to expand their reporting processes to include near-misses. This is a serious mistake. After all, near-misses are the precursor to the main event. By failing to report, analyze and understand … Read more...

Meet an Intelex Client: Candi Castellano, CMC

Candi Castellano is an Administrative Assistant at Commercial Metals Company (CMC), a Fortune 500 steel company based in Texas that recycles, manufactures, fabricates and trades steel globally. The company has been using Intelex’s software for approximately two years now, and in the video below Candi discusses the improvements she’s seen in that time.

Meet an Intelex Client: Candi Castellano – CMC from Intelex Videos on Vimeo.

“It used to take me a day to prepare my reports for month end and now it takes me about an hour,” says Candi, who is thrilled with the time savings she’s been able to achieve in her job.

CMC uses Intelex’s Incident Management system and a custom form that they call their “Safety Action Form.” Prior to Intelex, there was a need to increase reporting consistency across the organization’s different locations. “Among our 120 locations everyone had different reporting systems,” Candi explains. … Read more...

Meet an Intelex Client: Ryan Orvis, CHS

Ryan is an Intelex System Administrator at CHS, a Fortune 100 company and leading provider of energy, grain and food solutions. Working out of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Ryan is employed as a Business System Administrator focusing on Risk Management. When he’s asked what it was that made CHS choose Intelex, Ryan doesn’t hesitate.

“We did a full comparison between Intelex and some of the other applications,” Ryan says. “The biggest reason was the flexibility that Intelex gave us.”

Meet an Intelex Client: Ryan Orvis – CHS from Intelex Videos on Vimeo.

When given the chance to elaborate on how Intelex has improved CHS’s business operations, Ryan stresses the value of having a software system that is up to the task of managing the data of a large, international company.

“One of the greatest things about the Intelex system for us is the ability for the system to manage data across … Read more...

Meet an Intelex Client: Maria Frain, Campbell Soup Company

Maria is employed as an Environmental Analyst at Campbell Soup Company’s corporate headquarters in Camden, New Jersey. In addition to their iconic $2.1 billion Campbell’s brand, the company’s portfolio includes Goldfish crackers, Swanson broths and Prego pasta sauces. Campbell’s came to Intelex because they were looking for a system that could manage their environmental data and also report on environmental metrics.

Meet an Intelex Client: Maria Frain – Campbell Soup from Intelex Videos on Vimeo.

“We had a difficult time finding a system that handled both the environmental management side as well as the metrics side,” Maria says. “We found Intelex to be the one that was the most configurable and that met all our needs.”

For Campbell Soup Company, it was also very important that their new system work with their existing business processes. “We had a lot of pre-existing data that we needed to bring into Intelex … Read more...

Workplace injuries and the bottom line: indirect incident costs are staggering

This week the Intelex Blog introduces its newest contributor, Robert Smith. Head of Injury Management Solutions, Robert has tons of experience in Human Resource and Disability management, including a long stint with WSIB. Robert will blog on a biweekly basis on issues related to compensation, claims management, case management, and much more. This week Robert tackles the real costs of workplace injuries.

I have been directly involved in workers’ compensation issues for well over 20 years and, like many of you, I have heard the stories of the costs of a workplace injury and how important it is to implement health and safety programs and to manage claims. Yet time after time I have conversations with employers who still do not grasp the big picture. 

So what is the big picture? Most companies are aware of how their workers’ compensation premiums are calculated and that poor performance results in … Read more...