London Mining Seeks Greater Road Safety Awareness
London Mining is asking our community and our employees to join the Company in its campaign to help make roads safer in Sierra Leone. This follows two fatal road accidents near our operations at Marampa; one nears the river terminal at Thofeyim, and a second accident in Lunsar town which involved a small child. London Mining extends its deepest sympathies to the families and communities of those affected by these tragic road accidents.
London Mining takes safety of its employees and the people within its host communities very seriously. Road safety is a priority and we train all our drivers in defensive driving techniques using international driving examiners, we verify all contractor’ driving licenses, we carry out regular vehicle maintenance and we have introduced speed guns to ensure speed limits are adhere to. Our work on road safety extends to our communities. We donated 150 helmets to Lunsar’s Okada riders and carried out six months of road safety training with resident living and working near the Company’s haul road. This programme involved public meetings, role-plat in schools and demonstrations of the dangers of heavy equipment.
After the tragic accidents this week, London Mining is asking for the community’s support to develop greater awareness about the hazards on the roads, and to build a better safety culture. Following discussion with the community leaders, a series of events in the community will be announced.
Chief Operating Officer Jim North said, “London Mining takes the safety of its employees and people in our host communities very seriously. Our employees know that we will not be successful unless every employee returns home safely each day, and we hope that our employees will take this culture of safety back to their homes and families. We are working together with the Chiefs and Leaders in our communities to ensure we all reduce the risk of further accidents and develop better safety on our roads.”
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