Anglo American commits thousands of workers to annual safety talks

Safety discussion with the team at Dawson Mine. Image: Anglo American Australia

Anglo American saw over 5000 workers in Queensland stand down for its Global Safety Day program and dedicated safety discussions.

Every Anglo American site marked and took part in the company’s Global Safety Day on October 10.

Anglo American’s focus this year was ensuring there was no gap “between what we say and what we do when it comes to safety,” according to Anglo American’s Metallurgical Coal business chief executive Tyler Mitchelson.

“Despite significant improvements, we still have not been able to eliminate fatalities from our industry,” he said.

“This is something we are focused on every hour of every day, and at every level of our business.”

Anglo American operates five metallurgical coal mines in Queensland’s Bowen Basin.

The company’s Global Safety Day ensures that every employee is “united and aligned” on safety. It was an important part of the company’s dedication to eliminating fatalities from across the business, Mitchelson added.

Anglo American undertook a full safety reset at all its sites earlier this year as part of a broader initiative within the Queensland mining industry. This entailed over 50 sessions and an attendance of over 5400 people.

The coal giant has also introduced a program called ‘Elimination of Fatalities’, which is addressing critical safety risks by drawing from best practice knowledge and safety innovations.