Mining challenge to take on new exercises

Business, Normal

The National,Wednesday August 19th, 2015

 THE fifth national mining emergency response challenge will, for the first time, incorporate yoga and meditation for participants and mine officials on Friday, the Mineral Resources Authority (MRA) says.

MRA said this was to promote health and fitness among the mine employees, surrounding communities as well as school children.  

This year’ challenge will be hosted by RamuNico MCC in Madang from Sunday to next Tuesday. 

“The challenge provides an excellent opportunity for benchmarking against industry standards and contributes significantly to the development of both a safe working environment and a safer community,” the authority said.

“Like the previous years, this event is expected to generate a lot of thrill, action and entertainment with participation from various participating resource companies across PNG like; Porgera, Lihir, Ramu Nico, MMJV, Simberi and Oil Search.  

“The participating teams will respond to artificially created emergency scenarios such as; rope rescue, firefighting, search and rescue, first aid and hazchem (Hazardous Chemicals). 

“They would also be assessed on theory and endurance apart from a question of the chief inspector. 

“It further serves as a platform to forge closer partnerships and interaction amongst various stakeholders and also to strengthen collaboration and engagement across the resource industry in the area of safety and health.” MRA said, winning teams would be awarded trophies/ shields and all participating mines and organisers would receive souvenirs from MRA in recognition for their contribution, co-operation and participation. 

The challenge was driven by PNG chief inspector of mines Mohan Singh.