Tibet Hima Resumes Operations After Safety Training

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Joshua Kato, an underground worker at Tibet Hima mining company told URN on Monday this week that they can now work without fear since they have been equipped with all the necessary skills.

Tibet Hima Chinese Mining Company in Kasese district has resumed its underground and mill systems operations following a week of safety training for its employees. The company decided to shut down its operations last week and conduct safety training after two employees Zimonia Kalisya and Enos Lusunzo were killed while on duty.

 
Fred Muhanguzi, an expert on mining safety conducted the week long training of employees. According to Muhanguzi, the death of the two workers would have been avoided if all employees were trained in hazard identification and fire fighting skills.
 
 
"We found out that all most two hundred workers of Tibet Hima mining company were recruited for work at the start of the company operations in 2014 without safety skills and most of them were new people to the mining industry" Muhanguzi said.  He is hopeful that with the training the employees have undergone, mining accidents will be minimised.
 

Joshua Kato, an underground worker at Tibet Hima mining company told URN on Monday this week that they can now work without fear since they have been equipped with all the necessary skills.  "We are very happy with this induction course because it is the first of its kind for some of us since we started working with mining companies. We have now got the idea of keeping ourselves from danger zones and machines" Kato said.
 
 
 
He hopes that the training will boost the production system and reduce the risks of workers succumbing to machinery accidents. Ezra Kasaija, another worker disclosed to URN that he is now capable of using Personal Protective Equipments-PPEs while running machines such as the conveyer drum, mill machine and the copper rail that are used in the underground.


 
James Musinguzi, the Tibet Hima Environmental Officer revealed that they ordered for more safety equipment such as fire extinguishers and rescue apparatus. Nana Mayima, the acting Human Resource Manager Tibet Hima Chinese Mining Company says they have decided to issue about 290 contracts to casual laborers who have been working with the company for the last four months.
 


"As Tibet Hima, we have resolved to give some of our casual workers contracts so that we can own their safety, health assurance and housing at the company estates". Nana told URN on Monday. The mining company which is set for active copper production early next year has so far employed about four hundred workers.