AEL Mining Service has launched a new campaign for safety dubbed “zero harm to the people, environment and communities in the catchment area”.
The new campaign for safety, also coincided with the celebration of the company’s 25 years of existence in Ghana. It was on the theme “zero harm safety campaign 2018-2020” at Prestea in the Prestea Huni Valley District of the Western Region.
As part of the celebrations, there was a health walk, medical screening exercise and first aid demonstration among others.
Mr. Frank Botha, Managing Director of AEL Mining Service in an interview with B&FT explained that “we manufacture explosives, we blast rock and we are always involved with the industries, our activities is always safe to the people and the environment”.
According to him, AEL’s operations is for the mining companies, adding that ““We have a workforce of 268, most of our employees are from our local communities and we train them frequently to be abreast with technology and best practices” he added.
He said by middle of November 2018, the company expected to achieve 4million injury free man hours. Although anything can happen, we are driving so hard and that we want our employees to return to their homes safely.
“We want to build a culture amongst our people of safe behaviour so that they can return to their families without any accident since, they have dependants and if anything should happen, they are going to suffer” Mr. Botha added.
He mentioned that safety, should be a practice and not to be seen as a task “make it part of you, values and standards at AEL must be adhere to at all times”.
He advised employees at AEL to make safety a culture and that most accidents are preventable; practice the acceptable way of doing things appropriately and correct colleagues who do not adhere to safety rules.
Mr. Jaco Human, Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of AEL- Ghana said there should not be any lost time injuries.
“Lost time injuries occurs when workers burn themselves with acid, slip and fall among others; this means that the individual is not paying attention to the job that he is doing”, he explained.
“As employees, let us pay serious attention to whatever we do to avoid accidents and fatalities at all times”, he added.
Mr. Akwasi Amoako-Kankam, Regional Manager of AEL Ghana advice all employees to abide by all the directions on safety and ensure that major safety and transportation incidents are adhere to ensure zero harm.
“The miles stone we are supposed to achieve should be the concern of all; we will continue to engage you to warrant that risk management is undertaken in all that we do to ensure zero incident by 2020” he said.