Safety & Health

MDL believes that all work-related injuries, diseases and property losses are preventable.  To this effect, the company has implemented systems that comply with international safety management standards using a behavioural-based approach to safety and training.

At the Grande Côte Mineral Sands Project

Since project inception, tens of thousands of hours have been invested in delivering health and safety induction and construction-safe work practice training packages to employees and contractors. Health, safety and environment risks are audited by an independent company each year, consistently confirming that a solid health and safety management system is in place and a strong safety culture in force. An on-site, hi-tech and fully equipped medical clinic staffed by local and expatriate doctors, paramedics and nurses ensures the safety and well-being of GCO’s workforce.  A 4WD ambulance helps the medical team respond to emergencies in the surrounding area.  Both ambulance and clinic are configured to treat patients at an advanced life-support level. Regular emergency exercises and drills are conducted to prepare emergency response teams (ERT) for urgent support.  The ERT have exclusive access to breathing apparatus, firefighting uniforms, a fire truck and trailer and a fast response vehicle.

Dedicated safety officers deliver safety induction training in French, English and local dialects, provide safe work practice advice and participate in safety talks and workplace inspections.  All incidents and accidents are investigated no matter how minor, allowing the ERT to set appropriate action to prevent future occurrences. From construction inception to completion, over 11 million cumulative man-hours were worked with three lost time injuries sustained. Given the huge logistical challenges experienced by the project to date, safety results clearly reflect the company’s proactive and effective safety management strategies.