GGML wins Occupational Health and Safety exhibition

02May 2022
The Guardian Reporter
DODOMA
The Guardian
GGML wins Occupational Health and Safety exhibition

THE Geita Gold Mining Limited (GGML) emerged the overall winner of the Occupational Health and Safety exhibition in Dodoma.

GGML senior manager for health, safety, environment and training Dr. Kiva Mvungi receives the award for Overall Health and Safety Winner from the Minister of State (Policy, Parliament, Labour, Employment, Youth and the Disabled), Prof Joyce Ndalichako (C) in Dodoma. On the right is the OSHA board of Trustees Chairperson, Dr. Adelhem Meru.

The exhibition is coordinated by the country's Occupational Health and Safety Authority (OSHA) in Dodoma in the World Day for Safety and Health at Work, which is observed around the world on 28th April every year.

The OSHA also gave GGML the award for the best company that assists the community in health and safety education in their area.

Speaking at the World Day for Safety and Health at Work in Dodoma, the Minister of State for Policy, Parliament, Labour, Employment, Youth and the Disabled, Professor Joyce Ndalichako, commended GGML for prioritizing the health and safety of workers.

Also called on other companies in the country to invest in improving the health and safety environment of their employees.

"Many employers in the country have been reluctant to put too much emphasis on health and safety issues for fear of the cost. But when accidents and fatalities occur, the costs are much higher and affect the employers themselves, the company, the workers, society, the nation and the economy as a whole.

“Let us continue to work together to create a better culture of occupational health and safety, as the theme of this year's World Day for Safety and Health at Work states," added Professor Ndalichako.

Dr. Kiva Mvungi, Senior Manager for Health, Safety, Environment and Training at GGML, said the secret to the company's long standing excellent health and safety record lies in a better culture of involving employees and contractors in adhering to the values of health and safety in the workplace.

"Workplace accidents and fatalities are a problem that affects many workers around the world and their families. We have worked very hard to prevent fatalities and accidents at the mine and as a result there has not been an accident that has resulted in the death of a worker for over 10 years.

“The last time a person was injured to the extent that they could not continue working was in 2018, while in 2017 there was only one incident where a person suffered a minor injury that prevented them from continuing to work.

“This is a good record for us compared to other mines and we will continue to educate our employees to remain vigilant and follow all safety procedures while at work to ensure that we maintain our record as the leading mine in terms of safety ahead of all other mines in the world," said Dr. Kiva Mvungi.

He added that Geita Gold Mining Limited continues to be the top performer in occupational health and safety among all AngloGold Ashanti operations globally.

He further stated that Geita Gold Mining Limited values the lives of its employees and contractors and has therefore made safety a priority in its operations.

"Each year we work with the Occupational Health and Safety Authority (OSHA) to educate the communities and institutions participating in this exhibition about systems and technologies to improve workplace safety and health. The aim is to remind the community that life and survival are more important than the economy or the profits a company can make," said Dr. Kiva Mvungi.

At last year's Occupational Health and Safety Authority (OSHA) Exhibition, Geita Gold Mining Limited (GGML) emerged as the second runner up and overall winner.

This year, for the second year running, GGML was named the overall winner for the best performance in the Tanzanian mining industry for the 2020/2021 financial years, in the areas of corporate social responsibility, environment, safety, best taxpayer and local content.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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