Heath & Safety

One of our core values at Ritchie Bros. is "We do what is right." And when it comes to the health and safety of our employees and customers, that's paramount in how we work. Not only do we strictly adhere to the highest safety standards, practices and regulations everywhere we operate around the world, we strive to go above and beyond them to help keep everyone safe everyday.

View the Ritchie Bros. Occupational Health and Safety Policy.

As part of our Unreserved Commitment to Safety, our Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S) Department promotes and maintains safe environments and working conditions by:

  • Establishing and regularly updating a company-wide EH&S program
  • Encouraging, empowering and educating employees to be proactive about safety, and increasing their awareness of safety hazards
  • Ensuring that all Ritchie Bros. employees report any incidents (including near misses) and safety concerns to their managers
  • Ensuring that all reported incidents and safety concerns are investigated, and corrective actions are implemented in a timely manner
  • Maintaining the highest standards of safety and strictly adhering to local & regional safety laws and standards
  • Constantly working to reduce incidents and/or injuries
  • Setting yearly targets for improving  safety performance
  • Regularly upgrading and updating EH&S training for all employees
  • Ensuring every workplace has a designated on-site safety representative and staff with certified first aid training
  • Identifying, assessing and controlling all safety hazards, e.g. signage
  • Promoting a healthy work/life balance for all employees.

Safety performance (2013 – 2015)






​Forklift/Loader related Incident




Total Recordable Incident Rate (1)




Lost Time Incident Frequency (2)




Lost Time Incident Severity (3)




(1) Number of work-related illnesses or injuries that result in off-site medical treatment per 200,000 hours worked
(2) Number of recordable incident that results in a full day(s) away from work per 200,000 hours worked
(3) Number of days lost due to a lost time incident per 200,000 hours worked

Ritchie Bros. Safety Award

The purpose of the Safety Award is to honour an auction site that has shown a strong dedication and commitment to health and safety.

  • 2015 Canada – Prince George, BC
  • 2015 USA – Las Vegas, NV
  • 2015 International – Dubai, UAE
  • 2014 Sacramento, CA
  • 2013 Fort Worth, TX
  • 2012 Nashville, TN

Auction Site Safety Rules

We are committed to providing, promoting and maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our employees, customers and guests. Please familiarize yourself with the Auction Site Safety Rules before you enter our auction site.

  1. This auction site is a dangerous place with moving equipment, flammable, corrosive, pressurized and other dangerous substances present.  Please use extreme caution as Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers is not responsible for any injuries sustained or damages to or loss of property occurring from any cause.
  2. Immediately report all incidents (i.e. injuries, spills, property damage and near misses) to the Yard Manager or any representative of Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers.
  3. Do not operate or demonstrate equipment unless you are certain you are competent and qualified to do so. If you decide to operate or demonstrate equipment you do so at your own risk, and are responsible for any damage that occurs. Please ensure your surrounding area is clear prior to operating or demonstrating equipment and always maintain a lookout.
  4. Any person under the influence of alcohol, drugs or medication that impairs cognition is strictly prohibited from entering the auction site and operating or demonstrating equipment.
  5. We strongly recommend that children are not brought on-site. If you decide to bring a child on-site, they must be accompanied by a responsible adult and remain under adult supervision at all times. Anyone under the age of 18 is strictly prohibited from being on or in or operating any piece of equipment, machinery or vehicle.
  6. Prior to commencing with the performance of any services, contractors/service providers must operate in strict accordance with all applicable laws and regulations.

2016 safety targets

Total Recordable Incident Rate
Total Recordable Incident Rate
Lost Time Incident Frequency
Lost Time Incident Frequency
Lost Time Incident Severity
Lost Time Incident Severity
Forklift/Loader related incidents
Forklift/Loader related incidents