(Kershaw, S.C.) — For the third consecutive year, OceanaGold Corporation’s Haile Gold Mine was recognized for its exemplary commitment to safety with an Excellence in Safety Award from the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce. The statewide safety award is presented to companies that achieve a commendable lost workday case rate during the previous calendar year.
“It is an honor to be recognized once again by the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce. We do not take the acknowledgement lightly as safety is our top priority,” said OceanaGold Haile Gold Mine Vice President and Country Director David Thomas.” We are proud of our world-class team and intend to continue to enhance our reputation and remain one of South Carolina’s safest workplaces.”
Haile Gold Mine team members were honored during the annual Safety Awards Luncheon which was held on Thursday, March 29 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center in downtown Columbia.
Employees pictured left to right holding the 2018 South Carolina Chamber of Commerce Safety Award for OceanaGold’s Haile Gold Mine: Ron Lindsay, Scott Hartness, Cindi Blackmon, Pam Keeney and Sherry Davis.
“We have worked hard to create a culture of safety at OceanaGold’s Haile Gold Mine,” said Scott McDaniel, Health, Safety and Environmental Manager for Haile. “We set daily safety standards and identify ways to stay ahead of potential problems which help ensure all employees can enjoy a safe work environment.”
Haile Gold Mine employs 500 personnel, the vast majority of whom live in the community. Along with creating a safe workplace that allows employees to grow and succeed, the company also invests in the local community. OceanaGold’s Haile Gold Mine has invested $225,000 in social programs and injects nearly $3 million every year into the local economy through labor and the purchase of goods and services.
OceanaGold’s Haile Gold Mine is based in Lancaster County, South Carolina near the town of Kershaw. Haile is the only operating gold mine east of the Mississippi River. Haile’s parent company, OceanaGold, is headquartered in Melbourne, Australia and is one of the premiere gold producers in the world. For more information, visit: www.hailegoldmine.com or www.oceanagold.com.
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OceanaGold Corporation is a mid-tier, low-cost, multinational gold producer with assets located in the Philippines, New Zealand and the United States. The Company’s assets encompass its flagship operation, the Didipio Gold-Copper Mine located on the island of Luzon in the Philippines. On the North Island of New Zealand, the Company operates the high-grade Waihi Gold Mine while on the South Island of New Zealand, the Company operates the largest gold mine in the country at the Macraes Goldfield which is made up of a series of open pit mines and the Frasers underground mine. In the United States, the Company is currently constructing the Haile
Gold Mine, a top-tier asset located in South Carolina along the Carolina Terrane. The Company expects the Haile Gold Mine to commence commercial production in early 2017. OceanaGold also has a significant pipeline of organic growth and exploration opportunities in the Asia-Pacific and Americas regions.
OceanaGold has operated sustainably over the past 26 years with a proven track record for environmental management and community and social engagement. The Company has a strong social license to operate, and works collaboratively with its valued stakeholders to identify and invest in social programs that are designed to build capacity and not dependency.
In 2017, the Company expects to produce 550,000 to 610,000 ounces of gold and 15,000 to 17,000 tons of copper at All-In Sustaining Costs of US$600 to US$650 per ounce.
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