Fortescue raises the bar on injury rate

Image: Fortescue Metals Group

Fortescue Metals Group has improved its total recordable injury frequency rate to 1.8 according to its 2022 March quarterly report.

This is an 18 per cent improvement on the 2.2 recording in March 2021.

Fortescue’s chief executive office Elizabeth Gaines said the company had an excellent operating performance and reinstated Fortescue’s commitment to safety.

“We maintain a strong focus on safety and a commitment to zero harm,” Gaines said.

Gaines added that the improvement on the total recordable injury frequency rate was particularly pleasing, citing the ongoing COVID-19 challenges.

“We are maintaining a comprehensive COVID-19 management plan to safeguard team members and communities through investment in business continuity planning,” Gaines said.

Fortescue has been able to navigate around low workforce levels due to required isolation and absenteeism while keeping progress high.

Gaines credits the company’s ability to mitigate these disruptions to their COVID-19 management plan.

Fortescue was established in 2003 and has been recognised for its culture, innovation and industry-leading development of infrastructure and mining assets since.

In April this year, Fortescue joined forces with the Happiness Co to launch Fortescue Wellness online.

In a bid to increase worker safety and wellbeing, Fortescue Wellness online includes guided meditation, online fitness training, and a fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) beginners’ course, among other resources.

“Safety and family are at the core of our values, and this extends to the mental health and wellness of all our team members,” Gaines said.

The program allows Fortescue to expand their focus on safety within the company.

The quarterly report also detailed Fortescue’s excellent operating performance.

“Against the backdrop of a record performance, Fortescue is well placed to finish the financial year strongly, as we continue to meet demand from our customers and deliver on our strategic priorities,” Gaines said.

Those interested in reading Fortescue’s full report can do so here.

Leave a Reply