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Phu Bia Mining steps up road safety awareness for schoolchildren

Phu Bia Mining (PBM), a leading mining company in Laos, recently conducted a road safety campaign for 50 students at Phabath Secondary School in Thaphabath district, Borikhamxay province.

A policeman from the Thaphabath Traffic Police Office explains road signs to schoolchildren to keep them safe when walking along roads.

Centred on the theme: “Be observant and have a safety plan”, the Company implemented the half-day educational workshop in partnership with the school, the Thaphabath District Department of Education and Sports, and the Thaphabath Traffic Police Office.
Located on the Ban Thouay intersection on Road 13 South, which forms part of the Company’s copper-concentrate haulage route, the school is four kilometres from Phu Bia Mining’s Ban Thouay Logistics hub. The intersection is a busy hotspot with frequent traffic accidents involving bicycles, motorcycle riders, pedestrians and heavy vehicles passing through to other provinces.
During the half-day event, traffic police spoke to the students about the importance of situational awareness, observing traffic signs, and the rules of the road when walking or riding a bicycle or motorbike along a public road.
To help students understand the risks they face, Company representatives demonstrated blind spots for vehicles and set up a mock road scenario. Students took turns demonstrating safe behaviour when walking.
Phu Bia Mining Chairman, Mr Chanpheng Bounnaphol, spoke about the Company’s goal of spreading a Zero Harm safety message, focusing on the health and safety of the workforce and local communities.
“At Phu Bia Mining, our priority is to ensure that all our employees and contractors adopt and practise safe behaviours so that everyone goes home safely.”
“Thaphabath district is one of Phu Bia Mining’s host communities and we are committed to sharing our safety message beyond our operating sites. This initiative provides practical knowledge of road safety for students, which they can continue to adopt and practice. They are now equipped with important road safety knowledge to help them stay safe and share those learnings with their family and friends from their communities,” Mr Bounnaphol said.
To help reinforce the road safety message, Company representatives concluded the event by distributing 20 safety helmets, stickers, and 15 boxes of pens to the students.

Company staff engage students in a mock road scenario during a school road safety campaign held at Phabath Secondary School in Thaphabath district, Borikhamxay province.

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 (Latest Update January 12, 2023)


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