Safety and health

Safety

At MMG, we think safety first. We are working hard to embed a committed safety mindset with supporting behaviours, cultures and processes in every area of our business. We believe it is possible to have an injury-free workplace.

Managing safety requires a focus on:

  1. eliminating hazards which can cause injuries
  2. managing critical controls to prevent events that can cause fatalities.

We consider these to be separate yet complementary processes.

We are seeking to create a learning organisation that openly reports significant safety events, undertakes high-quality analysis of these events and implements sustainable corrective actions to prevent recurrence.  We need to excel at these activities if we are to continuously improve and eliminate workplace injuries.

‘Creating safe work’ program

To achieve sustained injury reduction our workers and supervisors must be aligned in their understanding of their respective roles in undertaking work safely. We have developed our ‘Creating safe work’ program to help us achieve this.

We build supervisor and workforce skills in planning and executing work safely and focus on eliminating hazards.  Managers and superintendents undertake field task observations to provide in-field coaching on safety behaviour.

Our annual safety statistics (total recordable injury frequency per million hours worked) are reported in our Annual Report and Sustainability Report.

Fatal risk management

Our fatal risk management process focuses on specific, material events and their direct causes. We identify those activities essential to preventing a fatality (the critical controls). We then detail the design, execution and verification requirements for each control so it can effectively prevent or mitigate a risk event. By implementing and verifying our critical controls as planned, we can be confident that the greatest threats to our people’s safety are being managed.

Learning from events

Our standards and procedures collectively define the way work is to be planned, assigned and executed to achieve safe outcomes. We believe that incidents and injuries should not occur if all the requirements of our standards and procedures are applied all of the time.

By exploring the gaps between ‘work as done’ and ‘work as intended’ we seek to understand the causes of significant incidents. We critically evaluate the organisational and work-method factors that may have contributed to an incident, and identify appropriate improvements in design and implementation.

We strive to continuously improve our safety leadership, behaviours, culture and the effectiveness of our critical controls through:

  • sharing event investigation learnings with work teams across our business, and
  • strengthening role accountabilities to close any identified gaps.

 

Health and hygiene

Protecting the health of our people is as vital as protecting their safety.

\We assess the pre-employment suitability of workers for the activities they will need to perform, support them to lead healthy lifestyles that contribute to fitness for work and minimise occupational exposures.

Health risks at our workplaces include occupational exposure to:

  • noise,
  • vibration and
  • carcinogenic substances. 

Collecting baseline exposure-monitoring data to establish a risk profile for harmful agents is central to our approach to exposure management. We then identify, implement and verify Controls to reduce occupational exposure.

We aim to control occupational exposures at their source, during project design and at equipment selection. A formal personal protective equipment program (hearing protection and masks) and administrative controls (e.g. work schedules) also form part of our control strategy. Our medical surveillance programs help us identify when additional exposure controls are required.

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