OK Tedi department marks 11 years without injury at work


OK TEDI Mining Ltd’s (OTML) Geology and exploration department celebrated 11 years without incurring a lost time injury (LTI) on June 21.
The last recorded LTI for the team was in March 2011.
Department manager Oala Rarua said they were grateful to their staff and business partners on the milestone achievement.
“Our gratitude goes out to our team in the bush who are exposed to harsh weather conditions, all the helicopter risks with loading and unloading, and also our resource team back in the mine pit, working in close vicinity to haul trucks and other heavy equipment,” he said.
“We also thank our laboratory team, who do a fantastic job in keeping safe while working with rotating equipment and chemicals.
“We also acknowledge our various business partners who contribute to our success as a department.”
Rarua said his team would work to maintain its safety record.
“We will continue this trend going forward to ensure there is zero harm in our workplace so that we contribute to achieving OTML’s Vision 2025 which is to make Ok Tedi the safest mine in PNG,” he said.
Deputy general manager for mining David Laulau applauded the department, given the various risks the team is exposed to in the field.
“We congratulate the geology and exploration team for this achievement,” he said.
“They cover a wide area of operation, the terrain they operate in is very rough and the weather is always a challenge.
“I commend Rarua and his team for their dedication and commitment to safety.”
The OTML safety department team manager Anna Ila said it was an indication of the team’s commitment to working safely.
“Such an outcome is mainly achieved when you have not only the management, but those on the shop floor committing to work safely,” she said.
Ila also challenged the department to focus on preventing minor incidents such as near misses, minor injuries and equipment damage, and ensuring critical controls were being implemented to avoid serious incidents from occurring.