KGHM employees, together with the prominent alpinist-skier Andrzej Bargiel, advise on how to safely engage in mountain tourism. To this end, they have created a unique album titled “Into the Mountains with KGHM. Safely on the Trail with the Polish Copper Family.” The publication refers to the company’s most important value - safety - and at the same time promotes activity in the Polish mountains.
“KGHM’s staff are committed and passionate people. Not only are they diligent in their daily work, but they respond with empathy to the needs of their neighbors and colleagues. They share their time and passions. This can be seen in KGHM’s employee volunteering programs, and the same was true in the case of the album titled “Into the Mountains with KGHM. Safely on the Trail with the Polish Copper Family.” We were quite inundated with material from our employees, who shared photos and their experiences on mountain trails, and 40 people became co-authors of the publication,” said Mateusz Wodejko, KGHM’s Vice President of the Management Board (Finance).
MOUNTAINS SEEN WITH A MINER’S EYE
The unique publication includes photos of Polish mountains taken by miners, smelter workers, processors, rescuers, and representatives of many other trades at KGHM during their expeditions and hikes. The beauty and power of nature captured in the photographs are meant to encourage activity, but at the same time offer advice on how to be safe on the trails. That is why the book’s special emphasis is on the most important message behind the album’s release - safety. A special place is given to expert tips. An expert from the Mine and Smelter Rescue Unit at KGHM advices on how to be an informed mountain hiker. KGHM’s Ambassador Andrzej Bargiel, a world-renowned alpinist-skier who has just successfully completed an expedition to two eight-thousand-meter tall peaks from which he skied down, also shares his experiences.
“Mountains are demanding not only here, where we reach the highest peaks, but also in the Polish mountains we have to be aware of danger and risk. That is why it is so important to promote responsible tourism,” Andrzej Bargiel said in a special report for KGHM straight from the foothills of Karakorum.
SAFETY – THE TOP PRIORITY
Safety of employees is an absolute priority for the Management Board of KGHM Polska Miedź S.A. The company promotes a culture of safe work based on employee training and implementation of innovative technologies and safety management systems. The copper industry leader uses innovative work organization and early warning systems. Training courses are conducted using, among other things, the Virtual Reality (VR) technology, and employees learn the rules of working at heights or basic safety rules. Rescuers and firefighters from KGHM’s Mine and Smelter Rescue Unit are among the best in the world. Their professionalism and skills have been recognized on numerous occasions. In the recent International Rescue Team Competition (2022), KGHM mine rescuers took third place in one of the competitions, receiving a bronze medal.
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