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Safety Audit Needed To Be Done At The Mines: Koya

The safety of mine workers working at the Vatukoula Gold Mines is paramount and this means a thorough safety audit needs to be done. These were the words of Minister
04 May 2017 11:00
Safety Audit Needed To Be Done At The Mines: Koya
Vatukoula Gold Mine

The safety of mine workers working at the Vatukoula Gold Mines is paramount and this means a thorough safety audit needs to be done.

These were the words of Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism, Lands and Mineral Resources, Faiyaz Koya, regarding the continuing safety audit which has seen underground operations at the mines closed for the past two weeks.

Mr Koya said the mines would be taken to task if standards were not met.

“It’s not something that will happen overnight, when I said it is going to be a thorough audit I meant it,” he said.

Mr Koya said the company (Vatukoula Gold Mines Ltd) had been paying employees during this time, while the administrations were fined.

He said the underground operation would be completed when the safety audit was finalised.

“We need to be sure that safety is paramount and that anyone going underground is going into safe conditions.

“You just cannot do things really quickly.

“It will take couple of weeks to get it done.

“This applies to all the mines in Fiji and everybody’s safety is paramount to us.

“In Vatukoula you are looking at more than 1000 people.”

Mr Koya said the Department of Mineral Resources did run regular checks and this had been happening in Vatukoula for a long time.

He said the Mineral Resources Department would wait for the audited report which was still being undertaken.

Edited By: Ivamere Nataro

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