Safety

Graph showing LTIFR and FIFR

* See KPI table for definitions of LTIFR and FIFR

Sadly, 40 people lost their lives at Anglo American operations in 2007 (2006: 44), with 11 of those fatalities occurring in the second half of the year. There was also a reduction in lost time injuries (LTIs) in the second half of the year, although the LTI frequency rate for the year as a whole remained flat compared to 2006.

Fatal incidents at Anglo American operations remain a major concern and triggered significant executive response during 2007, including the temporary suspension of production at all shafts at Anglo Platinum’s Rustenburg mine.

Following a summit called by the chief executive, a new strategy was launched in mid-2007 and is in the process of being rolled out.

The new strategy lays stress on the role of leadership and the need for a sound and comprehensive risk management strategy and is founded on:

  • results from our own Safety Peer Reviews conducted during the year;
  • results from an in-depth safety audit conducted at a mine that had gone for almost two years LTI-free and then had a spate of three fatalities;
  • the Baker Report on BP’s Texas City explosion which highlighted the necessary distinction between process safety and personal safety; and
  • the International Council for Mining & Metals Safety and Health Conference which introduced some valuable lessons from our peers.

The Anglo Safety Way is a framework of management systems and standards which will guide the way the Group works. These have now been supported by the adoption of a Fatal Risk Standards and a Safety Risk Management Programme. In support of the latter, the Group has funded Professor Jim Joy as the Anglo American Professor of Safety Risk Management at the University of Queensland, Australia. Programmes for executive, management, supervisory and operator training are being developed with the aim of making suitable risk management qualifications and good safety performance essential to career advancement.