PNG Chamber Of Mines And Petroleum Proud Of Zero Fatality Frequency Rate
Chamber of Mines counsellor Ron Gawi said the Mineral Resources Authority’s figures released last year indicated a zero fatality frequency rate, confirming that there was no loss of lives at any of the regulated mining projects in PNG.
Mr Gawi revealed this during the southern regional consultation workshop on the review of the Mining (Safety) Act 1997 in Port Moresby last week. And the chamber expressed pride in the record and acknowledged the diligence of the MRA inspectorate function and further congratulated mining operators for their commitment to the safety of their employees.
He said mining is a highly complex and technical industry and full of risks in many aspects of operations. This places their operators with a huge responsibility of ensuring all their operations are safe and most importantly the people that work in their industry are safe.
The southern regional consultation workshop was held by the Department Of Mineral and Geohazards Management on Friday at the Crown Hotel in Port Moresby to review the Mining (Safety) Act 1997.
Mr Gawi said there are no compromises when it comes to the safety of their personnel who work on projects and they have a duty of care over them. The need to ensure all their equipment and environment are safe is paramount.
“In respect of this, I state that our mining companies practice some of the highest standards of safety and occupational health within Papua New Guinea and the world. We categorise ourselves among leaders when it comes to safety,” he said.
Mr Gawi said that mining companies invest significant amount of resources in ensuring their employees are safe and to see that the mining sector as a whole have achieved this remarkable milestone is in itself a testament to the efforts put into safety systems processes and practices by mining projects over many years.
And this achievement is especially significant when you consider the risks associated with the mining operations, and the fact that mining companies directly employed over 17,000 workers last year.