In 2015, seventy-two employees (an increase of 39 employees from last year) represented the Bisha workforce in formal joint management-worker health and safety committees. All of our main departments at our Bisha Mine have safety representatives from the respective departments as well as a designated Safety Officer from the Health and Safety Department who conduct daily safety talks as part of all pre-shift meetings. There are mandatory monthly departmental health and safety meetings chaired by the various heads of departments. All supervisors, managers, and leaders are involved in regular inspections (three times per month) and a monthly safety audit. Action plans are developed to address any potential shortfalls and are reflected in the various departmental objectives, which are then shared with all employees at monthly meetings.

Safety Champions of the Year 2014

Mebrahtu Ghebrezgi, Haddish Yemane, Mohammed Osman, and Russom Ghebreyohannes exhibited courageous safety leadership, diligence, and teamwork in extinguishing a potentially serious fire at the Bisha Mine in 2014. These individuals followed correct Company emergency response procedures quickly and efficiently to extinguish the fire and ensuring no harm came to any employees, while saving the Company’s assets from further damage.

Our safety motto – embedded in all reports, correspondence, and signage at our Eritrean operation – ‘Every person going home safe and healthy every day’.