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At MMG, we think safety first. We are working hard to embed a company-wide 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.

We have identified four key elements in developing an organisational culture with a strong and effective focus on safety. The four key elements include:

  • Leadership and culture with sites aligned to common MMG leadership attributes;
  • Prevention of fatalities (low probability, high consequence events) – consistent with the requirements of our Fatal Risk Standard;
  • Elimination of injuries (high-probability events) – consistent with the requirements of our Safety, Health, Environment and Community (SHEC) Performance Standard; and
  • Application of learnings from incidents in line with the requirements of our internal safety and health standards.

Safety leadership at MMG

Safety is our first value at MMG and our approach is based on avoiding any harm to our people. We are committed to continuous improvement in our approach to managing safety. Through our Safety Leadership Program, we strive to develop a culture where safety leadership is supported through:

  • a commitment to caring for each other and living our values.
  • building safety capability and commitment in MMG people.
  • training our people to be competent in all their tasks.
  • enabling our front-line leaders to effectively implement MMG standards and processes.
  • continually supporting and enabling safe behaviour.

The intent of our Safety Leadership Program is to improve safety leadership behaviours in the field. Through clearly defined leadership attributes, leading to improved behaviours by all our people at our operations, we aim for all our employees to return home safely at the end of every shift.

Safe Task Management

Our Safe Task Management Standard defines the requirements for conducting work safely. The focus of this standard is to prevent injuries through proper planning and the correct execution of the tasks.

Throughout 2019, we continued to implement the standard across the business. We worked to ensure all work was planned appropriately, with consideration to environmental conditions, people and resource availability, the authorisation of all permits, assignment of tasks to those with skills and capability to complete the work safely, holding people accountable to work to a plan, applying the required controls and being fit for work.

All workplace hazards are identified and managed, and tasks are reviewed to identify hazards and verify the effectiveness of task allocation through Field Task Observations (FTO).

Our people are empowered to stop a task and advise a supervisor if a task cannot be carried out safely or intervene to protect their or others’ health or wellbeing or the environment.

Fatal Risk Management

MMG’s Fatal Risk Standard describes the minimum requirements for the identification, assessment and mitigation of specific fatal risks. These risks have been identified as common across all our operations, and we work continuously to ensure all MMG people are aware of the risks – and the controls that should be in place. We manage all our material risks using our Risk Management System.

The 12 fatal risks identified across MMG are:

  • Aviation
  • Carcinogens
  • Clearance to work, isolations and permits
  • Explosives and blasting
  • Ground control
  • Guarding
  • Hazardous materials
  • Land transport of people
  • Lifting operations
  • Lightning
  • Vehicles and mobile equipment
  • Work at height

Site-specific fatal risks not covered by the Fatal Risk Standard are identified and managed using MMG’s Risk Management System.

Safety and Health reporting and investigations

Effective reporting creates opportunities to make informed decisions, undertake timely intervention or corrective action and prevent fatalities, significant events and repeat incidents. Accordingly, the SHEC Performance Standard outlines the minimum requirements for managing safety and health events and achieving accurate and consistent recording and reporting of authorised and meaningful safety and health data.

MMG uses a centralised electronic Incident and Event Management system (IEM) to manage events and corrective actions. These include incidents, near misses, high-risk hazards, legal non-compliances, inspections and audits.

We use the Incident Cause Analysis Method (ICAM) as our common approach to incident investigation. ICAM enables us to assess the underlying causes of incidents and to look at the latent organisational factors such as communication, training, incompatible objectives and change management processes. As part of the ICAM process, MMG uses a ‘Work as Intended versus Work as Normal versus Work as Done’ investigation methodology to better understand the causes of significant incidents.

We require the sharing of learnings from incident investigations across all MMG sites to prevent repeat incidents within our business. It also ensures that we continuously challenge the effectiveness of control design and control execution for our fatal risk critical controls.


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