RAUB: The Raub Australian Gold Mining Sdn Bhd (RAGM) plant recently held a mock exercise to sharpen their response to emergency situations.
The drill included a chemical spill which resulted in 10 employees suffering burns and other serious injuries.
The exercise included alerting the police and OCPD Supt Wan Mohd Samsudin Wan Osman arrived to take control of the situation.
Within minutes, a team from Hazmat (hazardous material) in full gear fought to contain the chemical spill within the premises of the plant.
The “injured” workers were rescued and brought out from the burning plant.
They were given first aid before taken to the Raub Hospital.
Another 150 staff were evacuated to safety as firemen fought to control the blaze and contain the spill.
After almost two hours, the mock exercise concluded with the workers resuming their work.
RAGM director Datuk Azinuddin Abdul Rahim said the major integrated drill involving some 300 people was an annual exercise at its Bukit Koman mining plant.
“It is part of our initiative to enhance our readiness and efficiency in dealing with an emergency.
“Besides, the exercise can help to strengthen our working relationship and co-operation with various agencies,” he said.
Azinuddin said since the start of its operations in 2009, all safety and health regulatory requirements were adhered to.
He said no major incidents had ever occurred within the plant so far.
“Safety is our utmost priority and we are committed in ensuring a safe environment for our employees and the local community,” he said.
Azinuddin said at least three other internal drills would be conducted annually.
He added all the exercises could help to allay public fear of its operations.
“We are pleased to note that all our employees are in good health,” he said, adding that regular health screening conducted cleared them of any work-related health problems.
Azinuddin said sample tests carried out by enforcement agencies around the plant also showed the readings were within the permissible level.