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

In order to maintain continuous improvement in safety performance we focus on:

  • Living our values at work and at home;
  • Maintaining a positive safety mindset;
  • Making the importance of safety personal for each employee; and
  • Building and sharing knowledge.

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.

Our Safe Task Management and Fatal Risk Standards outline our mandatory requirements and supporting processes to enable us to facilitate this approach. Our people are empowered to actively contribute to making their workplace safer and to intervene when they observe an activity they perceive as unsafe.

Safety Model

We recognise that managing safety requires a focus on both eliminating hazards, which can cause injuries, and on managing critical controls to prevent events that can cause fatalities.

We continuously monitor, evaluate and refresh our safety initiatives to ensure that they are in place and effective.

Safe Task Management

Safe Task Management is a standard focused on building the skills of our people to plan and execute work safely and effectively, managing risks to as low as reasonably practicable.

Critical components of the program include:

  • clear work instructions and procedures;
  • competent supervisors able to plan work, assign and monitor tasks;
  • competent work groups that are able to accept tasks and work safely in accordance with the task plan;
  • all employees to ‘stop and think’ about how the task can be performed safely, update controls and communicate changes as required; and
  • all employees are obliged to stop the task or intervene if they feel unsafe or see someone working unsafely.

Fatal Risk Management

Our fatal risk management standard 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. 

Our Fatal Risk Standard focuses on the following areas:

  • Aviation – aviation operations are planned and executed in order to manage material risks.
  • Clearance to work, isolations and permits – operational site activities that are potentially hazardous are controlled by a Clearance to Work, which may require isolation of energy sources and other specific high-hazard activity Permits, to protect people from harm.
  • Explosives and blasting – the transport, storage and usage of explosives and initiating components are performed by trained, competent and authorised people in a strictly managed and controlled environment that protects people from harm.
  • Fitness for work – drugs, alcohol and fatigue are managed to ensure MMG people are adequately rested and free from alcohol and illicit drugs.
  • Ground control – the potential dangers of unplanned ground falls and movement in underground mining, surface mining, at stockpiles, waste rock dumps, trenches and similar locations are controlled to protect people from harm.
  • Guarding – operating plant and equipment is guarded to protect people from serious injuries and fatalities.
  • Hazardous materials – hazardous materials are managed and controlled in a way that is safe and protects from harm.
  • Lifting operations – lifting operations are planned and managed by competent people using fit-for-purpose equipment in a manner that protects people from harm.
  • Lightning – lightning is detected and responded to in a way that protects people from harm.
  • Tailings storage facilities and water storage dams – Tailings Storage Facilities (TSFs) and water storage dams are constructed, operated, inspected and closed in a manner that prevents catastrophic failure of the structure.
  • Vehicles and mobile equipment – vehicles and mobile equipment are selected, equipped, operated, stored and maintained in a way that is safe and protects people from harm.
  • Work at height – work at height is minimised and managed where a fall could result in injuries, or where there is the danger of dropped objects from the work being performed. 

Examples of our initiatives can be found in our Sustainability Reports and on wemineforprogress.com.