Mine Families Throng To Open Day In Waihi

Posted by Media Release: Kit Wilson - Newmont Waihi Gold on 05/03/2014

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Newmont Waihi Gold held a Staff, Contractors and Families Open Day recently which saw over 850 people visit a range of areas including the Martha open pit, the underground portal and the Baxter Road processing plant.

Open Day Coordinator Kit Wilson said that the day was all about reinforcing safety.

‘We are very proud of our safety record, but we know that it only takes one moment’s inattention or a small lapse in judgement for an accident to occur.

‘We also know that safety isn’t just about individuals, it’s about teams, family, and whanau. The Vital Behaviours safety programme which the company has been rolling out across the site as part of the Newmont Safety Journey encourages all staff to speak up and contribute. One of the suggestions which came out of these discussions was that it would be good for family and whanau to see what happens on site so they could understand Mum or Dad’s job.’

‘The strong feeling was that if we could share our jobs with loved ones, they too become part of each person’s Safety Journey, and they understand if we come home at the end of a night shift and need them to be quiet so we can sleep.’

During the day visitors were able to visit the open pit, tour the process plant, and take a minibus tour of the tailings impoundment area. The most popular attraction was the underground portal. Visitors were able to walk 200 metres down the Favona decline and get a real understanding of what it is like underground.

As well as the helium balloons, face painting, bouncy castles and free food, one activity kept children very busy on the day. Environmental staff had set up a sound monitoring station to measure the ‘loudest scream’. On the day the highest level measured was 128 decibels. For staff more used to measuring the site compliance limit of 50 decibels that came as quite a surprise, with one employee suggesting that his work ear muffs might be equally useful at home.