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OKD and Katowicki Holding Węglowy have established a European mining safety platform

OKD and Katowicki Holding Węglowy have established a European mining safety platform

Ostrava/Katowice (18 March 2013) – OKD and Katowicki Holding Węglowy, both hard coal miners, have signed an agreement confirming the establishment of a European safety platform in hard coal mining. The project aims at increasing work safety level continuously at both mining companies but also at their industrial fellow companies who can join this open platform. Mutual consulting, trainings and best practice models enhancing safety of miners at work sections of all companies involved and their subsequent implementation will help to achieve this goal. 

 

Work safety is OKD’s top priority. Over the past five years, the company has invested more than CZK 700 million in personal protective equipment for miners; many motivation and education campaigns have been organized and many other actions have been taken in order to enhance work safety and the underground working environment at the company’s mines. The downtrend in injury numbers only confirms that we are heading in the right direction as the injuries were halved over the last five years.

 

The importance of an agreement concluded with KHW is given in particular by the opportunity of trans-border experience sharing and consultancy over hands-on issues in the field of further safety enhancement. “The conditions at OKD’s hard coal mines belong to the most difficult ones in the world. In this respect, they are comparable only to the mines located on the Polish side of the Upper Silesian Coal Basin. Therefore it is very important for us to cooperate with KHW and other colleagues in the field of safety enhancement. We appreciate that we can learn what our colleagues in Poland do differently and, should these procedures and measures be applicable in our conditions too, we will try to implement them also at OKD mines. We are also ready to share our experience because we have done a lot to improve work safety over the past years and we are matching up with major global companies in the world in this respect. Still, there are many tasks and substantial work to do in order to get to injury-free operations. In our day-to-day business we have to make all the efforts so that all our mines come home from work to their families in good health,” says Ján Fabián, OKD CEO.

 

As Roman Łój, Chairman of the Board of Directors of KHW, says that borderlines do not isolate the countries in Europe but draw them together which is good for experience and process sharing to further enhance safety at the mines of both companies that are also ready to cooperate in this field with other European companies.

 

“During our mutual visits, we will exchange good ideas, get inspired by innovative solutions and analyse the risks together in order to keep improving safety at our mines. All this is done so that we can reach the target described in one of our Safety Policy principles: Every employee comes back home safely and in good health. Every day,” says Waldemar Mróz, Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of KHW.

 

 

Vladislav Sobol

Spokesperson of OKD, a.s.

Phone: 596 262 293                                       Mobile:            725 595 417
E-mail:            vladislav.sobol@okd.cz          Web: www.okd.cz

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