OTML Begins Rotation Of Expat, National Staff
OK Tedi Mining Limited has commenced progressive rotation of its expatriate and national employees including contractors to relieve crews who have been on site for the past eight weeks to keep the operations running.
OMTL said that the movement of personnel staff to and from site requires the approval of the state-of-emergency controller.
“All inbound and outbound passengers travelling on our charter flights are required to do a health assessment before being allowed to travel or resume work.
Inbound expatriate employees are placed in self isolation for 14 days on site as per the SOE orders.”
The company said it continues to maintain stringent measures on its operational sites including Tabubil town to prevent Covid-19 entering the workforce and nearby communities.
“We continue to restrict commercial flights landing in Tabubil and general public travelling from Kiunga to Tabubil during the SOE period. We are supporting the National Department of Health Surveillance team to do Covid-19 testing in the surrounding communities and our workforce and pleasingly to date there have been no further confirmed cases in Western Province since the three reported earlier by the SoE controller.”
OTML said the PCR results for these tests are expected to be available by the end of next week and if all return negative OTML will review and ease some of its control measures but will continue to maintain social distancing and safe hygiene practices, and wearing of masks on all company buses and aircraft.
“With our location near the border, protecting our workforce from the virus and maintaining safe operations remains our main focus in order to support the national economy during these unprecedented times,” the company said.