We are disappointed to report that there were four fatalities at our underground operations in the East Region of Kazakhstan in 2017. Two incidents resulted from electrical safety failures, one as a result of a rock fall and one from contact with moving machinery. The root causes of these incidents represent key risks for the Group and are the subject of ongoing programmes to improve safety standards at our underground operations. Following all fatal incidents, operations in the affected area are suspended and senior management attend the site within a short period of the incident occurring.
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KAZ Minerals considers all fatalities to be avoidable and has a target of zero fatalities. There have been no operational fatalities in any of the Group’s open pit mining assets at Bozshakol, Aktogay and Bozymchak since the mines commenced production, covering a total of 25 million man hours. Open pit mining is inherently safer than underground mining and significant efforts have been made at our new operations to establish and maintain a strong health and safety culture from the outset, in line with international best practice.
The Group reports its health and safety performance according to the occupational injury and disease classification definitions published in January 2014 by the ICMM.
The average TRIFR for ICMM members in 2016 was 4.26. The reporting of minor injuries and near misses are important management tools for improving health and safety performance. Under ICMM definitions, all injuries including minor injuries requiring treatment beyond first aid or resulting in the worker’s inability to perform his or her routine work function on the next calendar day, are recordable injuries. A culture of open reporting of minor injuries and near misses has been successfully implemented in the new Bozshakol and Aktogay mines, which enables pre-emptive action to be taken to manage risks. The Group is working to encourage a similar reporting culture across all of its assets and therefore the reporting of recordable injuries and near misses may increase in the short term.
There were 51 TRI cases in 2017, in line with the 51 incidents recorded in 2016. Due to a reduction in man hours worked, the reported TRIFR has increased to 1.60 from 1.20 in the prior year. The main causes of injury across the Group were falls from same height, falls from height and rock falls. The highest increase in recordable injuries occurred at Aktogay where there were 13 recordable injuries (2016: 5), representing a TRIFR at Aktogay of 3.06 (2016: 1.95). The leading cause was falls from height or from same height, of which there were five in 2017, compared to no falls in 2016.
There were 13 serious injuries out of a total of 51 recordable injuries, compared to 19 serious injuries in 2016.
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