Safety Week to focus on Major Hazards
Major Hazards is the theme for Mining Safety Week at Ok Tedi Mining Limited. The Mineral Resource Authority (MRA) sanctioned week is recognised each year by mining projects in PNG.
The week started off on Sunday, March 31 with an early morning Fun run/walk that took place at Ok Tedi’s operational sites in Tabubil, Kiunga and Port Moresby and was attended by employees, contractor partners and dependents. OTML Managing Director and CEO Peter Graham said in his video-recorded Mine Safety Week Address to the business, that the focus would be on major risks that are present in Ok Tedi’s work sites and environment.
“A major hazard is a risk in our environment that has potentially significant consequences, either for the individual, the environment or equipment,” he said. “Like every industry, the mine industry has its share of major hazards, and it is incumbent on us regardless of where we work; the mine, the mill, the port, in logistics or even in an office environment, to understand the major hazards that exist in our work environment; but perhaps more importantly, to understand the controls to either eliminate or mitigate those risks in our workplace,” he said.
Some of the Major Hazards that will be focused on for Mine Safety Week from March 31 to April 5, include working at heights, dropped objects, confined space, malaria, mobile equipment and others.