Health & Safety

Worker health and safety is our most important company objective. We strive to provide a safe and supportive work environment that has eliminated potential risks to all employees, contractors and subcontractors. We provide ongoing health & safety training to all of our workers and undertake regular spot audits to ensure compliance to international and national standards. All of our employees, contractors and subcontractors have medical services at our on-site operations.

Bisha Mine, State of Eritrea

Safety is the most important consideration for all stakeholders at Bisha. Our long-term goal is to operate injury free and we are proud of the strong safety culture at our Bisha operations.

Various metrics are used to measure and track safety practices. We classify reported injuries as return-to-work incidents, lost-time incidents (LTI's) or fatalities, and record all reported incidents for both employees and contractors. Our health and safety department head oversees safety inductions, injury monitoring, and long-term safety planning. Our motto at Bisha is "Every one going home safe and healthy every day."

Displayed below are various safety statistics for the period ending December 31, 2014. Consistent with industry practice we measure Reportable Injury Frequency which are the injuries relative to the total time worked by the total workforce multiplied by a factor of 200,000. We also have a Severity Index which are the total number of lost days relative to the total time worked by the total workforce multiplied by a factor of 200,000.

2014 Frequency Rate Index Male Female Total
Reportable Injury Frequency index 0.22 0.00 0.22
Severity Index 0.00 0.00 0.00

Nevsun has not experienced a work-related fatality or any occupational disease at the Bisha Mine during construction, development, or operation. We are very proud to report that the Bisha Mine had no lost time accidents or lost time days in 2014. There were a total of 2,905 sick leave days taken in 2014 which equates to 2.1 days per employee. This was slightly up from last year where the average annual sick leave time per employee stood at 1.84 days.