Annual Reports May 2004

Annual Report to all stakeholders on Health and Safety for the year to June 2004  


To: Shareholders, directors, managers, foreman Supervisors, safety officials and customers.

Lesedi Drilling completed its first year of operation with its safety record in reasonable shape. The start up of a new company is particularly difficult from a safety perspective as new teams of work groups establish their lines of communication and procedures and assess each others risk profiles. Management had to verify the training records of individuals who on paper had excellent qualifications but who appeared to lack on the job know how. The low levels of employment in South Africa result in the production of fraudulent training certificates and a number of people had to be demoted or dismissed. These cases were in the minority however and the company has a strong and reliable work force. I am pleased to report that the shaft safety meetings are held regularly at the shafts on which we operate and members make valuable suggestions relating to safety issues. The holding of quarterly regional steering committee meetings ensure that management are vigilant with regard to the implementation of the company’s Safety Procedures as well as ensuring a mechanism to review the issues raised at the Shaft Level and the adoption of mechanisms to guarantee their implementation.

 Accidents during the review period.


 We had two lost time injuries during the review period. The first was a shoulder injury caused by the fall of an improperly secured machine in August and the second was an injury to a mans toe as a result of a fall of rods onto his toe in October. This equates to a Disabling Injury Frequency Rate of 0.88 which is within the maximum limit of 1 but at the upper end of the scale. DIFR=2 X 200 000 hours/452 935 working hours = 0.88


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