Aurora Gold Mines (AGM) Inc, a wholly owned subsidiary of Guyana Goldfield Inc, says it has achieved one million man-hours at its Cuyuni mining site without a Lost Time Injury (LTI).
“This significant milestone is the start of a journey after achieving +4 Million Man-hours without any LTI in 2017. AGM Inc.’s immediate goal is to get back to over four million man-hours without LTI,” said Senior Vice President and Chief Operations Officer Suresh Kalathil in a statement yesterday.
The Canadian mining company says it employs 729 Guyanese at the Aurora mine site in Region 7. AGM says more than 96% of the mine’s total workforce is Guyanese.
Reaching this milestone further demonstrates AGM Inc.’s commitment to eliminate unsafe conditions, behaviours and workers’ injuries throughout the company’s operations, said Kalathil.
Kamal Deodat, a welder from the Mill Maintenance Department said, “Safety is a job not just for people who have ‘safety’ in their title. It’s a job for everyone, everywhere, every day. It never stops.”
President and Chief Executive Officer Scott Caldwell said in the statement that Guyana Goldfields believes in a proactive approach to all aspects of health and safety driven through a programme of consistent employee engagement to ensure the best working conditions for all employees and contractors at its facilities. He commended everyone involved on achieving “such a great feat.”
Rondie Phillips, Senior Safety Coordinator said that reaching the million man-hours LTI free, the project’s team has shown commitment to a safe culture by focusing on making safety a core value and not just a priority.