Major Drilling Exceeds 12 Months and Six Million Hours Lost Time Injury Free

MONCTON, NB, Aug. 26, 2014 /CNW/ - Major Drilling Group International Inc. ("Major Drilling") (TSX: MDI) is pleased to announce that its employees have worked over 6 million hours in the past 12 months Lost Time Injury ("LTI") free.   Every employee, job site, office, workshop and warehouse has pulled together to deliver this safety milestone for Major Drilling.

"The achievement of one year LTI free is the result of hundreds of thousands of safe behaviours and decisions by our employees," says Ben Graham, Global HR and HSEC Director for Major Drilling.  "It has also been the result of an ongoing commitment from leadership.  Our President & CEO chairs the internal HSEC committee, which is comprised of all operational Vice Presidents and which reviews all incidents monthly."

Communication has been at the heart of improving our safety performance, using on-site coaching and open dialogue.  Major Drilling uses the TAKE 5 program, which helps identify site-specific risks based on the task to be performed and the environment where it is happening.  Identification and elimination of job site risks are a large part of our safety program and have been one of the keys to success.

"I am very proud of our team," says Major Drilling President & CEO, Francis McGuire.  "We have invested heavily in our safety system and procedures.  Our system is based on the idea that each employee has both a right and a responsibility towards safety."

Major Drilling is continuously looking for ways to do things better in order to provide a safe, harm free work environment for our employees, equipment, clients and the environment.

Based in Moncton, New Brunswick, Major Drilling Group International Inc. is one of the world's largest metals and minerals contract drilling service companies. To support its customers' varied exploration drilling requirements, Major Drilling maintains field operations and offices in Canada, the United States, Mexico, South America, Asia, and Africa.

SOURCE MAJOR DRILLING GROUP INTERNATIONAL INC.

For further information:

Ben Graham - Global HR & HSEC Director
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
801-974-0645