HEALTH AND SAFETY AT THE EXPLORATION DECLINE

Rakita strives to maintain a high level of health and safety. Safety rules must be adhered to by all members of staff – both Rakita’s and its contractors’.

In early June, the construction of the exploration decline started. Due to the scope of work and the machinery that will be used, it is clear that the highest level of safety awareness and responsibility is required.

Svetlana Stanić, Health and Safety Manager, explains safety requirements in detail:

“Before we sign a contract with a contractor, we make a detailed assessment of preparatory works. We double-check everything including the measures we need to introduce to eliminate, minimise and keep the risks under control.

To be as well prepared as possible, we hold meetings with the contractor before the works start, where we provided the contractor with detailed information on our requirements, listed in general terms in the contract. We stress that we were fully committed to safety at work and to making as little impact as possible on the local environment and population.”

Rakita’s Health and Safety Department does a thorough assessment of its contractors’ equipment, internal rules and procedures. All contractors must comply with Rakita’s stringent rules on health and safety at the construction site.

One of these rules is that individuals who have not completed health and safety training are not allowed at the site. This also covers Rakita’s staff who have undergone safety training but who have not been trained in site-specific risks.

The rule whereby contractors are not allowed to be on site before completing Rakita’s safety training has been tightened. This means that they have to be familiar with the rules that Rakita’s staff must adhere to, including the rules concerning communication with members of the public passing near the construction site at the wrong time.

“The construction site is fenced off along the borders with privately owned plots and the cadastre road. The access to the fenced-off area is granted only to those who have completed our training and are wearing the mandatory personal protective equipment. The minimum requirement is safety boots with toe cap and midsole protection, depending on the type of work and machinery, protective goggles, gloves and noise-cancelling headphones,” explains Svetlana Stanić.

Fueling and small repairs to machinery are done in a designated area equipped with emergency equipment.