In a statement released today, the company says that it strictly implements world standard “Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems” in compliance with relevant PNG mining standards and procedures.
The company said this following a call by the Minister for Trade, Commerce and Industry, Richard Maru to conduct a full scale investigation into safety and operation standards following an alleged murder of one of Ramu NiCo’s Kurumbukari mine operators.
Maru in his statement also warned the company that it should repatriate the body of the deceased, the late Kenneth Karis, to Winge No 1 village, West Yangoru, East Sepik Province.
Yangoru-Saussia is Minister Maru’s electorate.
“We welcome any independent investigation initiated by the MP to clear his doubt and (are) prepared to cooperate with him. We are confident with our existing safety and operation standard and proud of where we are today,” the company management said.
The company said it ensured all its employees are imposed upon a duty of care where it is the cornerstone of the PNG Industrial Safety, Health and Welfare Act 1961, PNG Mining (Safety) Act 1977 and Australian Occupational Health & Safety Act 2000 and its code of practice.
The company said an initial police investigation indicated that Mr Karis was allegedly murdered due to his own personal problem and not work related.
The company is still waiting for a further investigation report into the alleged murder with the Modilon General Hospital post mortem report.
Meanwhile, the company assured the relatives that it will follow the relevant laws and company policy to repatriate the body to his final resting place.