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Health and safety

Health and safety

Based on the belief that all accidents are preventable, our long-term goal is to eliminate all serious workplace injuries across the company. Put simply, our goal is to ensure zero harm.
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Reducing injuries.

Our TRIFR (Total Recordable Injury Frequency Rate) gives a clear indication of the progress we have made in recent years in respect of health and safety. Our group TRIFR rate has been reduced from more than 60 in 2006, to 6.4 in 2015 – a reduction of more than 85 percent.

While we have seen a significant reduction in our TRIFR rate, we must focus on lead indicators to ensure future improvement. Lead indicators include measures and initiatives that identify risks and hazards before they result in incident or injury - avoiding mishaps rather than acting on them after they have happened. Documenting safety outcomes like TRIFR remain a crucial part of our operations, although putting in place measures to prevent risks and incidents is our first priority.

Our use of lead indicators 

  • Near miss reporting – each division is required to report, investigate and have peer-reviewed a set number of serious near-miss incidents, with the intention being the identification of potential hazards before they cause injury.
  • Scheduled safety observations – our executive staff, including our CEO, are required to each complete 12 site-safety observations each year. These, along with the compulsory observations by our safety leaders, will lead to the identification and close-out of hazards.
  • Close-out of external audit findings – following external process-safety audits of our most high-risk facilities, which commenced in 2012, we have established review committees to consider the findings and to act on them as appropriate. As at the end of the 2013 financial year our four sites considered most high-risk had been through extensive process-safety audits by an external party.
  • Close-out of action items from peer reviewed Incident Cause Analysis Method (ICAM) investigation reports – This ensures the causes of incidents are acted upon and mitigated.