Our safety vision: zero harm

Our health and safety management systems and structures are designed to help us achieve our aspirational goal of zero harm in our operations.

  • 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: Developing effective, enabling safety leadership skills in our operations
  • Behaviour: Building a caring, participative high performance work culture through the 4th Wave culture-based behavioural safety programme, adopting best practice and developing skills that foster safe behaviour
  • Systems: Ensuring we have systems and processes that promote safe behavior, and assist with the identification and mitigation of safety risks
  • Design: Ensuring that when we design a method, machine or layout, we design safely and within RBPlat’s risk tolerance levels.

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. We developed a revised safety turnaround strategy to put a stop to fatal accidents with a short-, medium- and long-term focus on addressing leadership, operational design, systems and behaviour.