WESFARMERS SUSTAINABILITY REPORT 2017

Health and safety

Safety

Keeping staff, contractors, and visitors safe continues to be a key priority for the business. This year, Curragh embarked on a comprehensive review of its safety and health management system, undertaken in consultation with the mine’s workers. The review encompasses all identified high priority safety and health procedures, and will ensure an acceptable level of risk from our mining activities. The review is continuing until the end of the financial year. Curragh's total recordable injury frequency rate declined from 4.8 to 3.7 during the year. 

Health

Coal workers' pneumoconiosis, also known as black lung disease, is a chronic occupational lung disease caused by exposure to high concentrations of coal dust over many years. Due to the reemergence of this disease, the Queensland Department of Natural Resources and Mines changed laws pertaining to dust monitoring and reporting in the third quarter of the 2017 financial year. While the risk of exposure to high concentrations of coal dust is mostly associated with underground mining environments, Curragh — an open-cut mine — has taken action during the year to further reduce risk of exposure to its coal mine workers. The business changed health screening requirements to include mandatory chest x-rays (pre-employment and ongoing employment health assessments). It also implemented an extensive occupational hygiene assessment program for identified exposure groups, including (among other triggers) dust. The health and wellbeing of its employees, contractors and visitors remains a top priority for the business.

Safety performance

3.7

total recordable injury frequency rate
2017   3.7
2016   4.8
2015   4.2
2014   5.0
2013   14.8