Mining is a hazardous activity, involving heavy equipment, explosives and potentially harmful chemicals. Our long-term goal is zero fatalities, which is a challenging target but one we are determined to achieve. We continue to work hard to build a safety culture based on risk awareness and appreciation throughout our business, and to permanently improve operational and safety performance.
Copper mining and processing are inherently hazardous activities, and we recognise the need to continually improve our health
and safety performance. The Group currently operates three underground mines and three open-pit mines, plus associated concentrators. In future, approximately 80% of our production will come from open-pit mines and modern processing plants, which is expected to improve the health and safety risk profile of our operations.
To address our health, safety and environmental (‘HSE’) responsibilities we have invested in our Group HSE function and in training and incentivising our staff. Our aim is to embed the required culture within our organisation to maintain performance in the long term.
We regularly review our HSE reporting processes and seek to make improvements where possible. From 2015 KAZ Minerals adopted in full the occupational injury and disease classification definitions published in January 2014 by the ICMM to report its safety and health performance on a comparable basis to those of its major global mining peers.
KAZ Minerals Safety Framework
We are disappointed to report that there were six fatalities at our assets in 2016, consisting of five in the East Region and one contractor fatality at the Aktogay project during construction. In the East Region, three of the fatalities resulted from a single incident in the first half of 2016 at the Orlovsky mine involving two contractors and one KAZ Minerals employee. There were two other separate incidents in the second half of the year in the East Region.
Following all fatal incidents, operations in the affected area are suspended until the authorities complete their investigations. After this process is completed a separate review is undertaken by the Group’s Health and Safety team and mine management, including detailed root cause analysis. Measures are taken in light of these investigations to prevent the recurrence of the circumstances leading to the incidents, ensuring the learnings are shared across the operations.
KAZ Minerals considers all fatalities to be avoidable and has a target of zero fatalities. As activity transitions towards open pit operations the health and safety risk profile of the Group is expected to improve. No work-related fatalities have occurred in the mining or processing operations at Bozshakol, Aktogay or Bozymchak since the commencement of operations at each of those mines and the end of 2016. This reflects the safety culture and procedures we are seeking to establish at our new operations as well as the safer nature of open pit mining compared to underground mining. We continue to focus our efforts on driving improvements in the East Region mines to reduce fatalities to zero whilst embedding high standards in our new open pit operations.
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