As the mining sector continues to expand in Australia, the industry is only going to have to become more cognisant of potential risks and the proper precautions to keep workers safe.
According to Mine magazine: “Even with the recent decline in mining-related death and injury rates, the mining industry remains extremely dangerous, with risks posed by poisonous gases, extreme heat, cave-ins or machine breakdown, to name a few. Mining companies must take responsibility for ensuring worker safety on-site and only further operational and technological improvements can reduce major risks.”
Many mine sites have set safety as a high priority and use measurements such as total recordable injury frequency and lost time injury frequency rates to benchmark their performance against industry standards, as well as measure their progress over time.
Experts in mining safety management
Lucas Drilling has a 22-year track record of delivering excellence in safe operations, but it was no accident that the company got here.
Mining operations are inherently risky, and the mining operators have a lot to manage to ensure that everyone conducts work in a safe manner. Lucas works with their mining customers to develop safe working practices capable of being implemented into the customers’ safety systems.
Lucas is well known for its expertise in exploration, directional and large-diameter drilling, and by working with its customers to produce outstanding results.
In the early 2000s, the first Safety Leaders Forum was held and identified that rig managers and supervisors were integral to safety leadership, with dedicated safety personnel bringing support to the operations and ingraining safe operations at all field levels. The majority of the original attendees are still managing operations within Lucas.
Safety Leaders Forums have been held regularly since they started, and the resulting business culture is one of safe operations. Direct engagement of all personnel at all levels has resulted in many operations having a zero TRIFR rate for many years. Even now, the overall business TRIFR is industry leading.
A significant effort has been made over many years to simplify safety systems and paperwork, both to avoid complexity and to increase engagement and compliance.
Like all workplace culture, a refresh is needed to ensure that the systems remain relevant and in tune with new equipment and methods of operation. The 2022/23 safety refresh is focussed on an audit program to manage critical and high-risk tasks that crews undertake. The safety refresh is being developed and driven by the operational general managers.
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