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OKD will pay out extraordinary bonuses for improved safety at work

Ostrava (22 December 2010) – OKD, the mining company, will pay out to its employees extraordinary bonuses for this year’s significant improvement of safety indicators. On Wednesday this decision was made by Klaus-Dieter Beck, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors, OKD after consultations with the company management and trade union leaders.


“The occupational safety standards have been significantly improved due to our investments in personal protective equipment and technical aids, as well as due to an active approach of the employees, who therefore deserve such bonuses,” explained Beck.


The bonuses of CZK 2,000 and CZK 1,000 for mine workers and employees working on the mine surface respectively will be paid out up to the level of the section foremen within the December payroll. The above-mentioned workers of all the mines of OKD, Service Centre and OKD, HBZS, the subsidiary company, are entitled to receive such bonuses.


For 11 months of this year, the number of injuries incurred by OKD employees has decreased by 25 percent in comparison with the same period of the last year. In the same period, the injury incidence rate* has dropped from 11.21 in 2009 to this year’s value of 8.22.


“This year’s key safety indicators are very favourable, but we must not ease up. Having made extraordinary investments, we must continue identifying potential hazards so as to take even more efficient safety and sanitary measures,” specified Leo Bayer, Chief Engineering Officer, OKD.


Already previously, the mining company management has decided that even though the employees are entitled to receive the Christmas bonus equal to 12 average daily salaries under the valid Collective Agreement, the bonus amount will be increased by five average daily salaries for all the employees, except for the top management of OKD and individual mines. The same bonuses paid out within the November payroll were received by the mine contractors’ personnel. As per preliminary estimates, the average salary of blue-collar workers will thus reach approximately CZK 32,500 in OKD.


In 2010 occupational safety in OKD was influenced by the following factors:

  • Completion of the mining equipment upgrading, (a total amount of CZK 9 billion has been invested in the upgrading since 2008);
  • Complete replacement of personal protective equipment and technical aids for the miners for more than CZK 0.5 billion, which has been the largest recent investment in this area within all companies in the Czech Republic, (working shoes, working clothes, self-rescuers, personal lamps, shirts and T-shirts with reflective tapes, hazardous gas detectors, etc.);
  • Safety competition, where the employees with no work accident records advance to the draw for a car.
  • Safe Work Area competition, where the best teams win tens of thousands of crowns.



Vladislav Sobol

Spokesman of OKD, a.s. and OKD Foundation


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