Selebi Phikwe based copper nickel mining company, BCL Limited started the year 2015 on a bad note with its leadership not complying with some procedures and standards set out in the mining Act. This has led to a high number of injuries and two deaths in the past six months alone.
The managing director of the BCL Company, Dan Mahupela, revealed that the year 2015 came with some unfortunate records as the company has “recorded a high number of lost time injuries mainly attributed to non-adherence to procedure and standards.”
He said Safety Health and environment “is a very important element of our operations across the mine and has the potential to enhance productivity, employee morale and improves partnering opportunity as we grow and diversify our operations.”
BCL closed the year 2014 with an impressive record of Lost Time frequency Rate (LTIFR). The company managed to achieve an LTIFR of 0.3 against a target of 0.5 which was a 38 % improvement over the previous year, said Mahupela.
“Regrettably we recorded fatalities toward the end of 2014 and beginning of 2015.We are deeply concerned about the frequency of the fatalities at our underground operations and we consider these operations as serious especially that we’ve been a safe mine and had recorded more than 4 million fatalities free shifts between 7 the July 2010 to 31st March 2013,” said Mahupela.
He assured the nation that such an incident will not be repeated. He said some of the interventions they undertook include early and late shift and fatal risk Protocols and also looking back specifically at the areas where “they have experienced fatalities and putting place some extra measures to eliminate the probability for fatal injury.”
He further revealed that they are doing everything they can to make the mine a safe place to work in as they have gone an extra mile to deal with all the environmental challenges.