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BCL Addresses Safety Concerns

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Dan Mahupela

Following a number of fatalities recorded towards the end of 2014 and at the beginning of 2015, BCL mine have put interventions in place to regain their reputation as the safest underground mining operation.

BCL Managing Director, Dan Mahupela told journalists at the just ended media tour that following the tragic occurrences, they have conducted an in-depth safety review and implemented a number of protocols to improve safety. “Safety Health and Environment, SHE, is a very important element of our operations across the mine as a good SHE record has the potential to enhance productivity, employee morale and improves partnering opportunities as we grow and diversify our operations,” he said.

UNDERGROUND: Media tour
UNDERGROUND: Media tour

BCL closed the year 2014 with an impressive record all time lowest Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate (LTIFR).

They achieved an LTIFR of 0.38 against a target of 0.5 which was a 38% improvement over the previous year.

Mahupela said it was regrettable that the company started the year 2015 with a high number of lost time injuries mainly attributable to non adherence to procedures and standards.

“Regrettably, we recorded fatalities towards the end of 2014 and beginning of 2015. We’re deeply concerned about the frequency of fatalities at our underground operations. We consider these incidents as serious especially that we have a safe mine and had recorded more than 4million fatality-free shifts between 7th July 2010 to 31st March 2013,” he said.