Oyu Tolgoi President and Chief Executive Officer Cameron McRae has personally expressed sympathy to employees after the recent double fatality at the South Gobi project site.
Since arriving at site on Saturday 21st May, Mr. McRae and the senior management team have addressed large groups of workers. Mr. McRae talked about his sadness at the tragic incident. He also thanked the emergency response team and all workers for their dedication during a difficult time.
Mr. McRae said, “On Thursday evening two of our colleagues died in a tragic incident. I am sure all employees join me in sending our deepest sympathies to their families, friends and work colleagues. Our immediate concern is to help the families of the deceased and to support the health and wellbeing of all our staff and contractors.
“Importantly, we must learn the lessons from this tragedy and make the necessary changes to our work practices.”
During his talks with employees, a minute of silence was observed.
The senior management team of Oyu Tolgoi spent time talking with workers across all areas of the site. As a part of these meetings, employees formed smaller groups to discuss safety in the workplace.
Oyu Tolgoi has launched a comprehensive internal investigation into the incident. An international team of safety professionals from Rio Tinto, Ivanhoe and Fluor has arrived at the site today to assist.
About Oyu Tolgoi LLC (www.ot.mn)
Oyu Tolgoi LLC, Mongolia's largest copper and gold mining company, is a strategic partnership between the Government of Mongolia, Turquoise Hill Resources and Rio Tinto. Located in the South Gobi, Oyu Tolgoi commenced shipment of product to customers in July 2013. Oyu Tolgoi is managed by Rio Tinto, which is investing global expertise and cutting-edge technology to help develop Mongolia’s mining industry and ensure Oyu Tolgoi is one of the world’s most advanced mines. For Oyu Tolgoi, nothing matters more than safety. The business operates under the principle that if a job cannot be done safely, it will not be done at all.