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Equinox Gold’s greatest responsibility

Protecting the health and safety of our employees, contractors and communities is Equinox Gold’s greatest responsibility. We are committed to operating a safe workplace and ensuring that our projects bring long-lasting health benefits to local communities.

A Culture of Safety & Responsibility

Equinox Gold’s culture of shared responsibility encourages team members to take responsibility for their own safety and the safety of their co-workers. Every day starts with a safety meeting, and the Company ensures its team members have the knowledge, skills and equipment they need to operate safely.

HEALTH & SAFETY PERFORMANCE - 2020

Equinox Gold’s Lost-time Injury Frequency Rate at the end of Q2 2020 is 0.93 per million hours worked. The Company’s Total Recordable Injury Frequency Rate at the end of Q2 2020 is 3.56 per million hours worked. More detailed information about Equinox Gold’s 2020 health and safety performance can be viewed here.
A culture of safety

A culture of shared responsibility
H&S Frequency Rates Year-to-Date 2020
TRIFR  Lost Time Injuries LTIFR  Fatalities
3.56 6 0.93 0

TRIFR: Total Recordable Injury  Frequency Rate (all injuries requiring first aid treatment) per million hours worked
LTIFR: Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate per million hours worked

COVID-19 RESPONSE

The COVID-19 pandemic has provided additional challenges for health and safety staff and management. During Q2 2020 the Company started proactively testing its workforce for COVID-19, rather than testing when an individual shows symptoms, with the objective of identifying carriers early so that they can self-isolate before inadvertently spreading the virus to others. All individuals who test positive, regardless of whether they show any symptoms, are asked to immediately self-isolate for two weeks and can only return to work once they have tested negative for COVID-19 and been cleared for work by a health professional. Proactive testing, enhanced health and safety measures that are described here and the Company’s “test, trace, isolate” protocol have helped the Company to reduce transmission of the COVID-19 virus as much as possible to protect both its workforce and local communities.

HEALTH & SAFETY PERFORMANCE - 2019

Equinox Gold’s Total Recordable Injury Frequency Rate, which is a measure of all injuries that require the attention of medically trained personnel, was 5.35 per million hours worked for 2019.

At the Company’s Aurizona Mine, the team completed construction of the mine with no lost-time injuries, with more than 1.8 million construction hours worked during 2018 and the first half of 2019. The Los Filos Mine has made significant safety improvements. In 2019, the lost-time injury frequency rate was reduced 76% from the previous year. The Mesquite Mine achieved a milestone in November 2019 of working more than three years with no lost-time injuries.

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