Health & Safety
The health, safety and wellbeing of our employees is of the upmost priority. We adhere to the highest standards and ensure that safety measures are taken to mitigate risk.
We aim to provide a safe and healthy working environment for our employees, contractors and visitors and determinedly work towards the goal of zero-harm in the workplace.
We have fully integrated and robust health and safety management systems at both sites, which are aimed at ensuring the safety of all personnel working at the operations and receiving feedback from employees for continual improvement and development of working conditions.
Inspections of the workplace are systematically carried out on a daily basis, action plans are developed to eliminate workplace hazards, minimise risks and eliminate poor and substandard behavioural issues.
Safety risk management in practice
A five-step field-level risk assessment is used by the workforce to assess the risks in their workplace prior to starting work. As hazards are identified and documented by the worker, they are either addressed directly if possible, or placed into a register and prioritised for elimination.
The shift supervisor sees and signs every risk assessment presented by employees. Employees are expected to stop work and remove themselves and their colleagues from the area of work if they identify a safety risk. They are required to report all hazards to their line manager who, in turn, must take the appropriate action and report accordingly.
There are other avenues available for hazard registration, including reporting directly to the safety team, using the suggestion boxes located on both sites and/or using the Whistle-blowing hotline. The General Directors also operate an open-door policy such that safety concerns can be reported directly to themselves.
We have high expectations of all our employees and contractors in terms of safety practice and ensure that they are trained accordingly. All employees and contractors are required to adhere strictly to all Company health and safety rules and standards, and to report any safety issues immediately to their line manager or safety representative.
Safety training is undertaken both internally by the safety teams and, where appropriate, externally by health and safety specialists. Training is specifically targeted at ensuring personnel are provided with the skills and knowledge to perform their relevant work tasks as safely and efficiently as possible. By enhancing our team’s level of personal safety, hazard awareness and identification, we aim to reduce risk in the workplace.
2019 safety performance
In 2019, there were two total recordable injuries (‘TRI’) at Sasa, consisting of one lost time injury (‘LTI’) and one medical treatment injury (‘MTI’), and no LTIs or MTIs at Kounrad. The Group recorded a 2019 lost time injury frequency rate (‘LTIFR’) of 0.42 and a total recordable injury frequency rate (‘TRIFR’) of 0.85.
Occupational health and wellbeing
We believe that a healthy workforce is paramount in achieving high levels of productivity and have various programmes to monitor the health of our employees and to promote a healthy lifestyle.
Wherever possible, we look to eliminate occupational health risks brought about by our operations and we commit to minimising and mitigating issues through the provision of the most appropriate PPE and healthcare. All employees undergo annual medical tests, which are specifically oriented to their occupation and undertaken by external medical specialists.
Case study – creating a world-class mines rescue team at Sasa
When Sasa was acquired by CAML, the need to improve the underground emergency response capability on site was identified. A dedicated rescue station was therefore constructed, and the necessary new equipment purchased.
A new volunteer team consisting of 29 personnel was selected from the Sasa workforce, and weekly training was provided in the use, testing and maintenance of the equipment, as well as rescue techniques. A dedicated mine rescue station officer was also employed to assist with the organisation, training and maintenance of all the rescue equipment. During 2019, highly skilled external emergency response trainers provided 45 days’ specialised training for the mines rescue team.
We believe we now have the most highly trained and best equipped mines rescue team in North Macedonia. In 2020, a complete radio communications system will be built for the surface and underground operations, which will further enhance the rescue team’s capabilities by enabling a quicker response in the event of an emergency. In addition, the team will continue to be trained twice a month in order to maintain their skills.