The average TRIFR for ICMM members in 2019 was 3.20 (2018: 3.41). Under ICMM definitions, all injuries including lost time injuries, restricted work cases and medical treatment cases, are recordable injuries. The reporting and investigation of hazards, minor injuries and near misses, with a focus on potential high-risk incidents, are important management tools for improving safety and health performance.
There were 54 TRI cases in 2020, a decrease of 14% compared with the 63 injuries recorded in 2019. Hours worked increased by 3% in 2020 to 47.2 million (2019: 45.8 million), mainly due to the 13.2 million hours worked at the Aktogay expansion project. The decrease in the number of injuries and increase in hours worked resulted in a 17% decrease in TRIFR to 1.14 (2019: 1.38), the lowest level in the Group’s history. The reduction in TRIFR is a result of management’s focus on improving safety culture and procedures, information on which is set out in the section below.
Over the period 2018-20, the Group’s open pit mining operations achieved maximum lost time injury-free intervals of 341 days (Aktogay), 630 days (Bozshakol) and 1,125 days (Bozymchak). Injury rates have also significantly reduced in the East Region operations over this time period.