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Rescue exercise -220 meters below sea level

Tiina Roine (info a, 19 December 2016

Nordkalk, the Finnish Rescue Services and Algol, a provider of products for lifting, arranged a joint rescue exercise at the underground crusher of Nordkalk’s quarry in Pargas in Finland in the beginning of December.

Zero accidents is the only possible target
The safety of every work place can be improved. Nordkalk’s target is zero accidents; it cannot be anything else. The zero accidents program was first started at Nordkalk in Finland in 2004; by 2008, it covered the entire corporation. 

Challenging environment 
Mining doesn’t come without risks. The key in preventing accidents from happening is identifying the risk situations, and being prepared for the unexpected.

Everybody working at Nordkalk must return home after a day’s work as healthy as they were when coming to work.

Regular rescue exercises
The rescue exercise that took place earlier this month is a regular part of Nordkalk’s H&S work. Rescue exercises are organised every year. 

It is not that often that the Rescue Services can train in an underground mine in Finland. Nordkalk’s quarry in Pargas is the only place where one can train in similar challenging circumstances in this part of the country.

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What was exercised underground?
A simulated accident had taken place by the crusher. An employee had fallen from a rack and ended up hanging by a safety harness. 

- We learned something new again, such as that, we must improve the flow of information within the company, comments the Mining Manager of the Pargas quarry, Robert Mannström.

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