Newcrest Mining has developed a safety transformation plan that put the company on track to deliver its lowest ever total recordable injury frequency rate (TRIFR) at the Telfer gold mine in Western Australia.
The company achieved a TRIFR of 1.8 during the December quarter, down from 4.6 in the prior period.
Newcrest stated in its quarterly report that this was credit to its safety transformation plan, which combines safe practices and behaviour across its operations.
The program features visible leadership of all managers when it comes to safety, proactive reporting of risks and potential hazards and a workforce-wide commitment to improving safety culture.
“Telfer’s TRIFR outcome of 1.8 injuries per million hours worked is its lowest reported quarterly safety outcome on record,” Newcrest stated.
“This significant achievement demonstrates the success of Newcrest’s safety transformation plan in embedding safe practices at its operations.”
The gold miner also achieved an overall group TRIFR of 1.6 during the December quarter, an equal record low for a quarter, thanks to the program.
The Red Chris mine in Canada joined Telfer in recording its lowest ever injury rate at 1.8, while the Lihir gold operations in Papua New Guinea hit a TRIFR of zero.
The company managed this feat while lifting its quarterly gold production by 6 per cent to 535,000 ounces compared with the previous quarter.
“Our results for the December quarter were underpinned by a strong safety performance,” Newcrest managing director and chief executive Sandeep Biswas said.
“Red Chris and Telfer achieved new safety records, (demonstrating) the success of Newcrest’s safety transformation plan and (highlighting) the commitment and dedication of all our people in embedding the safety culture in our workplace.”