To ensure occupational and workers’ safety, a priority for the Company, Eti Bakır A.Ş. opted for DuPont™ Tyvek® brand in the Küre Plant, their mechanized underground metal mining operation. Kazım Küçükateş, Design and Underground Mine Manager, Eti Bakır A.Ş. said that the Company always put health and safety first and emphasized that they followed all of the latest solutions in health, safety and comfort.
Producing 1.450.000 tons of Raw Copper Ore, 170.000 tons of Copper Concentrate and 400.000 tons of Pyrite Concentrate through underground mining per year, Eti Bakır A.Ş. Küre Plant entrusted their workers’ safety, health and comfort to DuPont solutions. DuPont™ Tyvek® 500 HV coveralls, manufactured using Tyvek®, a DuPont brand, became the number one equipment for occupational and workers’ safety at Küre Plant.
Officials report that Eti Bakır A.Ş. Küre Plant is an underground mine system that runs 960 meters below the surface, with up to 40-kilometer long tunnels, where work equipment and workers operate together. They underlined that workers’ safety became paramount under such conditions and that they opted for DuPont™ Tyvek® 500 HV coveralls.
“We need several different work equipment for our operations as we run a mechanized mine. We have approximately 80 work equipment in operation at the mine as we speak. And, with so many work equipment in operation at a mine, high visibility of workers is indispensable. This is why we prefer fluorescent colors of fabric and highly reflective tapes in our underground workwear. We have made sure our workers have high visibility and can be easily spotted by machine operators thanks to DuPont™ Tyvek® 500 HV coveralls, which we have been using for the past 3 years.”
Kazım Küçükateş has also highlighted that disposable coveralls offer price advantage as they are more affordable than normal coveralls in oily, dirty and chemical environments.
Figen Ersezer, Sales Manager, DuPont Chemical and Thermal Protection in Turkey & Israel, provided the following details about Tyvek®: “Tyvek® is a versatile material, invented and manufactured by DuPont, that is used for more than 50 years to protect people, processes and equipment. Used in diverse sectors including construction, medical packaging, personal protection, agriculture etc., the material offers protection, comfort and durability all in one. Due to these qualities, Tyvek® fabric is used in personal protective coveralls, forming a barrier against dust and various chemicals. Tyvek® also offers considerable advantage in comfort and ergonomics while in use due to its breathability and lightness in addition to superior barrier qualities. Tyvek® 500 HV coveralls also offer high visibility in addition to these functions. They enable users to operate safely and with unfading visibility in situations requiring high visibility, without compromising on comfort and protection.
Tyvek® 500 HV coveralls addressed a major occupational safety need at Eti Bakır A.Ş. Küre Plant, the biggest underground copper mine in Turkey. This partnership in solutions as well as the interest taken in our products is extremely valuable to us.”