Our safety vision: zero harm

  • Every person working at RBPlat must return home unharmed every day
  • No rock will fall uncontrolled
  • No sub-standard winch will be operated
  • All loads will be properly supported
  • Kibble movement will be well managed and announced
  • No machinery is operated without authorisation
  • All machinery must comply with the original equipment manufacturers’ (OEM) specifications and be effectively guarded for safe operation.

Our approach to managing safety in our operations

Mining and its related activities expose our employees to hazards. Keeping them safe is therefore a key material issue for RBPlat.

Key aspects of the management of safety in our operations include:

  • A safety strategy model, which we continue to improve and monitor, guides how we approach safety and health and how we investigate the causes of unwanted events in our operations. It also guides how we design and develop new projects. It helps us design our mines and operate them in a manner that makes them as safe as possible. The foundation of this strategy model is our: Safety code of conduct, Safety discipline and Safe teamwork. Its application also helps us build the resilience we need to enhance our ability to respond, monitor, anticipate and learn on our journey to zero harm
  • Codes of practice, standards and procedures that ensure operational safety is the direct responsibility of senior management. They are also responsible for providing visible felt leadership, appropriate operational designs, workable systems and corrective behaviour with the aim of preventing unwanted events and eliminating fatalities. Our structure also clearly indicates the ultimate responsibility for safety of our Board and its sub-committees, and each individual enrolled employee and contractor working at our operations
  • We perform risk assessments in accordance with the MHSA and use this process to reduce the risks
  • Ongoing research into what causes unsafe behaviour
  • Ongoing safety coaching, training and development for both supervisors and their teams

Key to this approach is addressing the four barriers to injury:

  • Leadership
  • Behaviour
  • Systems
  • Design

Evaluating the effectiveness of our approach

We investigated the causes of fatalities in our operations and based on the outcome of these investigations we are taking action to address our fatality rate.

Taking action to improve our safety performance

Our objective is to progress both operations to our target maturity level of resilient and achieve our goal of zero harm.

The inclusion of a counselling psychologist in the investigative process allows us to gather more information on what other factors contributed to the basic cause of an incident/accident.

We continued to reduce our LTIFR, SIFR and TIFR but our FIFR increased. We investigated the causes of the fatalities and based on the outcomes we are taking action to address the fatality rate in our operations.