At Pan American, we are committed to protecting the health and safety of all of our employees and contractors who work at our mining operations and projects. We believe that it is possible to work and operate our mines without severe injuries and we will continue to work diligently to improve our health and safety performance. We identify and investigate all incidents and accidents that could potentially result in a severe or fatal accident and then focus on putting measures in place to prevent their recurrence. We routinely audit the safety performance of our mines. Training and encouraging our people to be safety leaders and not perform unsafe work are critical aspects of our safety program.
Over many years of constant dedication to safety we now have a strong culture of safety throughout our organization. Our accident statistics have improved dramatically over the course of the past decade and our lost time injury statistics now rank at or near the top in the jurisdictions where we operate, and amongst the best in the industry.