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No injured SASA miners in past year, safety investments at EUR 65 million

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No miners have been injured in lead-zinc mine “SASA” over the past year, surpassing the previous record of 210 days without an injury.

“We are proud of our employees for this feat, bringing SASA closer to the best global practices in the mining field. This is a result of the employees’ commitment to putting safety as top priority in the company, and the efforts for continual enhancement of safety standards and procedures, as well as treatment of occupational safety and health”, says SASA general director Neil Stevenson.

Mitko Nikolovski, head of the occupational safety department, said the occupational safety and health aspect is the overwhelming priority in the mine.

“We have implemented the highest international standards, including OHSAS 18001- Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series, being the only mine in the region to possess this certificate”, says Nikolovski.

Investments in the occupational safety and health segment have surpassed EUR 65 million over the past 11 years.

Each SASA employee has complete personal protective equipment, there is regular training for all employees on topics related to occupational safety and health, accompanied by regular medical checks. Furthermore, a dispatch center for continual monitoring of developments in the mining shafts and other facilities has been established, along with a round-the-clock fully-equipped first-aid station and an ambulance.