Fortescue sets new safety performance record

Fortescue Metals Group has improved its total recordable injury frequency rate (TRIFR) by 17 per cent for the 12 months to June 30 2021.

According to the company’s June 2021 quarterly production report, Fortescue’s TRIFR improved to 2.0 in the 12 months to 30 June 2021, 17 per cent lower than 2.4 at 30 June 2020.

“Hazard identification and the implementation of the “Identify Then Rectify” program remained a key focus during the quarter,” the company stated.

“A comprehensive COVID-19 risk management strategy remains in place with key measures aligned to State Government and Health Department guidelines to safeguard Fortescue team members and communities.

“There have been no cases of COVID-19 across Fortescue’s operational sites.”

Fortescue chief executive officer Elizabeth Gaines said she was proud of the company’s health and safety record.

“I would like to commend the entire Fortescue team for achieving our lowest ever TRIFR safety performance of 2.0, an improvement of 17 per cent from 2.4 at 30 June 2020,” Gaines said.

“This reflects our core value of safety and the commitment to look out for our workmates and ourselves.”

Gaines also praised the company’s progress in low-carbon initiatives, thanks to its Fortescue Future Industries team, which looks to lead the global energy transition using zero-emissions green hydrogen power.

“During the quarter, Fortescue Future Industries made significant progress on a number of decarbonisation projects including the successful combustion of ammonia in a locomotive and testing of battery cell technology to be used on Fortescue haul trucks,” Gaines said.

“This work underpins Fortescue’s industry leading target to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030.”

At the same time, the company’s autonomous haulage fleet surpassed two billion tonnes of material moved while ore shipments exceeded 1.5 billion tonnes since first production in 2008.

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