BHP records 11 per cent injury decrease in past year

BHP's Jimblebar operation in Western Australia. Image: BHP

BHP has reported a 3.7 total reportable injury frequency rate (TRIFR) for the 2021 financial year, down from 4.2 the year before.

The 11 per cent decrease in TRIFR comes as the mining company places increased emphasis on the safety and wellbeing of its employees.

BHP’s high potential incidents (HPI) also dropped from 42 in the 2020 financial year to 33 in the year just gone, while the company recorded zero fatalities for a second consecutive year.

BHP introduced its Fatality Elimination Program in September 2020 to bolster the organisation’s sustained ambition for a zero-fatality workplace.

Despite continued improvements in reducing the rate of HPIs in past years, BHP are not one for complacency.

Through the Fatality Elimination Program, BHP engaged relevant experts and mining, equipment, technology and services (METS) organisations to provide control solutions to its top-10 safety risks.

A total of 60 recommended solutions emerged from the initiative, which saw BHP conduct assessments to determine the safety discrepancies present within the organisation.

After establishing a team to deliver a global five-year fatality elimination roadmap, BHP will also look to update its Our Requirements for Safety standard.

The company will be coordinating a selection of control and human performance improvement initiatives in the 2022 financial year.

BHP also continued to evolve its Integrated Contractor Management Program in the 2021 financial year.

“Our Integrated Contractor Management Program is designed to make it safer and easier for our contractors to work with us,” BHP said in its 2021 annual report.

“Introduced in FY2020, the program is focused on building long-term mutually beneficial relationships with our contractors, integrating and simplifying processes and systems, and creating an inclusive, respectful and caring workforce culture.”

BHP furthered its Integrated Contractor Management Program in the 2021 financial year by launching a new global contractor performance standard.

BHP sustained its Field Leadership Program across the past year, while also placing increased emphasis on stamping out sexual harassment, including the implementation of sexual harassment field leadership activities.

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