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At MMG, we think about safety first. We are working hard to embed a company-wide zero incident 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 that fosters a strong and effective focus on safety. The four key elements include:

  1. Leadership and culture, with sites aligned to common MMG leadership attributes.
  2. Elimination of fatalities (low probability, high consequence events) – consistent with the requirements of our Fatal Risk Standard.
  3. Prevention of injuries (high-probability events) – consistent with the requirements of our Safety, Security, Health and Environment (SSHE) Performance Standard.
  4. 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 frontline leaders to effectively implement MMG standards and processes; and
  • continually supporting and enabling safe behaviour.

The intent of our Safety Leadership Program is to guide and encourage improved behaviours from all our people. Our ultimate goal is to see all of our employees returning home safe and incident-free at the end of every shift. 

Safe Task Management

Our SSHE Performance Standard defines the requirements for conducting work, with a particular focus on ensuring our people are trained and competent in identifying and managing hazards and completing tasks safely.

In 2020, we updated and rolled out our SSHE Performance Standard MMG-wide. This incorporates the former Safe Task Management Standard. We ensure all work is planned appropriately. This includes consideration of environmental conditions, people and resource availability, permit authorisation and assignment of tasks to those with the skills and capability to complete work safely. We also focused on holding people accountable – working to a plan, applying necessary controls and being fit for work.

All workplace hazards are identified and managed. We review and identify hazards, verifying the effectiveness of task allocation through Field Task Observations (FTO). 

Our people are empowered to stop a task and advise a supervisor if the task cannot be carried out safely. This includes intervening to protect individual or other team members health and wellbeing and extends to environment considerations as well.

Fatal Risk Management

MMG’s Fatal Risk Standard describes the minimum requirements for the identification, assessment and mitigation of specific fatal risks. These risks are identified and viewed in a consistent manner across all of MMG’s operations. The company ensures that all MMG people are aware of the risks together with 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. We do this by, undertaking timely interventions, taking corrective actions, preventing fatalities and significant events and repeat incidents. Accordingly, the SSHE Performance Standard outlines the minimum requirements for managing safety and health events. This assists with 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 to take corrective actions. These include incidents, near misses, high-risk hazards, legal non-compliance, inspections and audits.

We use the Incident Cause Analysis Method (ICAM) as our common approach to incident investigation. ICAM is used to assess the underlying causes of incidents. It looks 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 we continuously challenge the effectiveness of control design and execution for our fatal risk critical controls.

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