Mincor's Policy in the field of Occupational Health and Safety
Mincor's stakeholders include its shareholders, employees, local residents and the wider community. Mincor recognises its responsibilities to all its stakeholders and will ensure that its Health, Safety and Environmental standards are second to none.
- Mincor will carry out its business in a responsible manner, and will protect and cherish the natural environment.
- Mincor will ensure that its employees are protected from all occupational injuries and diseases.
- Mincor will provide a safe working environment for its employees, will ensure that Health and Safety are management's top priority and that its workforce is fully trained in Health and Safety matters.
In order to live up to these ideals, it is important to carefully plan and execute actions in line with the ideals in order to properly manage occupational health and safety.
Quarterly update on Health, Safety and the Environment
There were no Lost Time Injuries recorded for the March 2014 quarter. The 12-month moving average Lost Time Injury (LTI) frequency rate for all Mincor Operations is 2.25, s significant decrease from the previous quarter (4.39) and below the industry average for underground nickel mining of 3.0. This represents one LTI in the rolling 12 months.
There were six Alternative Duty Injuries (ADIs) in the March 2014 quarter, up from one in the previous quarter.
The decrease in LTIs is positive, however the increase in ADIs is concerning. Three ADIs were sprain-type injuries and three were lacerations. Review of the incidents resulted in appropriate remedial actions being taken.
The following improvement strategies were undertaken during the March 2014 quarter:
- Safety Management training as a follow-up to the Site Safety Culture survey completed in the previous quarter. Staff received training and coaching in Risk Assessment, Incident Management and Safety Leadership.
- In-house First Aid training was conducted for 21 employees. The percentage of the total workforce trained in First Aid is now 67% (up from 62%). The target is 90%.
- Blanket drug and alcohol testing across all operations, and scheduled servicing of underground refuge chambers completed.
- Additional personnel were recruited to participate in Emergencyh Response training and three Emergency Response team members completed advanced Occupational Health First Aid training.