Personnel safety in high-risk areas

Ebola threatens both lives and livelihoods in and around West African mines. Keeping mines in operation during such conditions requires the most rigorous of approaches to safety. Golder Associates explains how it has deployed, evacuated and re-deployed personnel at Rio Tinto’s Simandou project in Guinea over the last year

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Rio Tinto’s Simandou project in south-eastern Guinea. Photo: Rio Tinto

When the Ebola virus was reported in West Africa in December 2013, the immense human suffering also brought with it a potential loss of livelihood for the many local communities that depend on mining