OceanaGold's Macraes Operation - Close Call with COVID
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Posted October 28, 2021
OceanaGold, owners of the Macraes Mine site, has confirmed that part of their site is being deep cleaned following a visit today from a contractor connected to the Christchurch COVID-19 cases.
Staff assembly and common areas at the Macraes processing plant, including crib rooms and meeting rooms are being deep cleaned after a contractor whose partner is considered a close contact of one of the Christchurch cases visited the mine today.
Two positive Christchurch Covid-19 cases from the same household were reported by the Ministry of Health today.
Our priority is the health and well-being of our workforce and the communities in which we live and work. The operation has well-established and comprehensive protocols in place to manage this event and immediately commenced a precautionary deep clean of common areas including crib rooms and meeting rooms. The buses used to transport staff to site are also being deep cleaned.
Our contractor and their partner have been advised to test and isolate until the test results are returned. Our operation has been advised to monitor the workforce for any COVID-19 related symptoms. Our Operation’s Health and Safety team are working with the Ministry of Health, our Contractor and the workforce to ensure their health, wellbeing and safety, OceanaGold said today.
Photo: OceanaGold Senior Training Advisor, Geoff