Our coal businesses in Australia and South Africa developed SAFECOAL to bring about meaningful and sustainable cultural change in how its workers incorporate safety into their working lives. The programme was introduced in 2009, as a result of fatalities and a plateau in injury rate reduction.

  1. Reduction of the Total Recordable Injury Frequency Rate (TRIFR).
  2. A focus on fatal hazards: there are 12 fatal hazard protocols that establish minimum requirements for managing each type of hazard. All employees are trained on these protocols. Each site analyses its own processes, identifies the relevant hazards and develops its own methods for meeting the protocol requirements.
  3. Streamlining sustainable development systems: all sites review and streamline their management systems, to reduce the time spent on governance activities and give supervisors more time to make direct observations and safety interventions in the field.
  4. Consistent communication: SAFECOAL brand and communication materials were developed, to help reinforce safety messages and provide workers with a common language for the ongoing effort of building and maintaining a team culture of safety.

The fatal hazard protocols cover:

  1. Strata failure
  2. Fire and explosion
  3. Mobile equipment
  4. Inappropriate emergency response
  5. Inrush and outburst
  6. Explosives and shotfiring
  7. Inadequate energy isolation
  8. Working at height
  9. Lifting and cranage
  10. Confined space and irrespirable/noxious atmosphere
  11. Tyre and rim management
  12. Electrical safety

This programme has had a positive impact on safety in our coal businesses, with an ongoing reduction in fatalities and injuries. We are confident that SAFEWORK, the programme derived from it, will deliver significant achievements in other parts of the business.