In 2013, the Group adopted a new safety model in line with international best practices and ICMM recommendations. The pillars of this model are:
- identifying and understanding key fatality or serious injury risks;
- implementing critical controls;
- reporting and investigating near misses; and
- increasing on the ground senior leadership.
Analysis of the key risk areas identified that, between 2006 and 2015, 11 types of risk were responsible for all of the fatalities and 95% of the high-potential near misses. The Group concentrated on these risk areas increasing leadership and awareness, assigning responsibility for risks and auditing safety procedures.
In 2016, the focus will be to monitor and audit the safety performance and to extend all procedures to contractors to strengthen the performance of contractor companies.
The Group’s Executive Committee, led by the CEO, made seven visits to the operations in 2015, to verify the critical controls for the key risks were being implemented effectively.
Among other initiatives, on-site supervision of key safety risks, near-miss reporting, distribution of newsletters about the causes of severe accidents, extended site management meetings that focus on safety, and public recognition for employees that demonstrate the best safety conduct help raise safety awareness. The Group also trains and supervises employees and oversees safety standards and practices for all contractors.
During 2015, 3,904 people were trained in key aspects of the safety and health model such as incident reporting, investigation of high-potential near-misses and Antofagasta´s new safety and health guidance for contractors.
All employees complete a safety and health induction course before starting work. There are regular refresher workshops on safety policies and procedures, to discuss lessons learned from near-miss incidents and share examples of best practice.
Safety performance is reported weekly to the Executive Committee and monthly to the Board. Fatal and serious accidents are reviewed in detail by the Board’s Sustainability and Stakeholder Management Committee. Operational safety reviews are conducted by the Executive Committee across all operations.