The safety, health and wellbeing of our people is of paramount importance to us and we believe that every injury is preventable and that no task is so important that it cannot be done safely.
We work collaboratively with our internal and external stakeholders to identify and manage risks in the workplace striving to apply innovative and sustainable solutions that continuously improve our practices.
We have developed a comprehensive Health, Safety & Environmental (HSE) management system which our operations must comply with. Each calendar year, every site is subject to audit to ensure compliance with these HSE standards.
In FY18 we improved our safety performance achieving further significant reductions in our total recordable injury frequency (TRIF) from 7.96 to 5.49 and significant safety occurrence frequency from 4.95 to 3.20 (15% target reduction). Our focus on preventing vehicle incidents moved to “business as usual” and there was a further reduction in incidents over the year. We developed and rolled out our Critical Control plans for additional safety risks at each operational site and completed assurance reviews at the end of the year.
During the year, we focussed on improving the safety culture at each operational site. Audits were undertaken in December and June with each site demonstrating an improvement in safety culture.
In FY19 we will continue with existing programs and commence new initiatives that will help drive our strategy and the achievement of our key goals. These will include:
Evolution has developed a comprehensive Health, Safety & Environmental (HSE) management system which our operations must comply with; each year, every site is subject to audit to ensure compliance with these HSE standards which can be viewed by clicking here.
We are very proud of our FY18 safety achievements
Awards in FY18
Evolution continues to build mine rescue skills, capability and resources across the Group. We have five Emergency Response Teams (ERT) with a total of 147 members. Our teams have played an important role in supporting our operations and nearby communities.
Over the last 12 months, our ERT personnel were first responders to 16 offsite emergency incidents that occurred within our local communities. These incidents included motor vehicle accidents, fires, farm incidents and medical emergencies. The Mungari ERT provided assistance in Kalgoorlie following a significant storm in November 2017.
Evolution participated in a number of Mine Rescue events in FY18 as part of its commitment to safety and developing the skills of its people.
A team attended the Victorian Mine Rescue Competition and performed outstandingly well, winning the Search and Rescue exercise and the Breathing Apparatus practical event. This event highlighted the great collaboration between our mine rescue crews across different sites. For example, crews from as far away as Mt Carlton and Cowal worked together on specialised training, including swift water rescue.
We held our fourth Group Mine Rescue Challenge at West Wyalong showgrounds in New South Wales, and in the same week, hosted the New South Wales Mine Rescue Challenge. Five teams participated in the Evolution challenge and eight teams in the New South Wales challenge. Our goal was for each team and its members to develop their skills substantially as a direct result of the challenge. The exercises included theory, multi-casualty incident, search and rescue, road crash rescue and fire scenarios. It also involved a group scenario at the local flour mill involving community members and local emergency services where everyone worked together. The scenarios were designed to be realistic and replicate the intensity of emergency situations that could occur in a mine. Often this involved noise, wetness, darkness, inaccessible or hidden casualties, uncooperative patients and time constraints. There was great support from the local community and emergency services for both
challenges which were hugely successful in building the resolve and abilities of the teams involved.
In December 2017, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between Evolution and the New South Wales State Emergency Service (SES). The MOU outlines how Evolution’s staff will provide support to the New South Wales SES to build their operational response capability. Evolution also has agreements in place with various emergency service agencies in Queensland, Western Australia and New South Wales to work in partnership to support communities during any future natural disasters.