Evolution reaches Mt Rawdon safety milestone

Evolution Mining has hit 14 months injury free at the Mt Rawdon open pit gold operation in Queensland as the mine recognised 20 years of continuous operations in February.

Evolution operated the Mt Rawdon mine since 2011.

According to Evolution’s March quarter report, the company’s total recordable injury frequency rate (TRIF) was 8.6 compared with 7.9 in December 31.

The safety milestone was achieved despite seasonal heavy rainfall at the site, causing Evolution to restrict access to lower parts of the pit.

“The quarter was impacted by heavy rainfall at Mt Rawdon restricting access to higher grade ore in the open pit,” Evolution stated.

“All other operations performed broadly in line with plan.

“There is a continued focus on improving safety performance and critical risk management.”

Evolution also expressed confidence in joining the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) in April.

The UNGC is the largest corporate sustainability initiative globally and includes 10 principles based on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption.

Labour-related principles include businesses upholding the right to collective bargaining, eliminating forced and compulsory labour, abolishing child labour and removing discrimination among employees.

The UNGC’s environment principles include initiatives to promote environmental responsibility and encouragement of developing environmentally friendly technologies.

“We are enthusiastic to making the UN Global Compact and its principles part of our environmental, social and governance (ESG) strategy, taking practical actions to implement these principles in our culture and day-to-day operations, and leading all of our stakeholders and local communities on this journey,” Evolution stated in early April.

The UNGC has more than 10,000 business participants globally.

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