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Mining giant celebrates 3 years without workplace deaths

Mike Henry
BHP CEO Mike Henry

A multinational resources company operated for an extended period without a single worker fatality.

BHP is celebrating a few years without any reported workplace deaths across the nation. The employer of more than 27,000 Australians revealed it maintained a safe work environment through consistency and putting staff wellbeing first.

“BHP was fatality free at our operated assets for the third consecutive year,” BHP chief executive Mike Henry said in a public statement.

“Our continuing focus on people and on operational reliability enabled us to achieve near record production in iron ore, and to reduce the impacts of adverse weather – and COVID-19 related labour constraints in our operations.”

However, the business is still struggling to fill rosters due to the pandemic and ongoing skills shortage.

“Workforce absenteeism arising from the COVID-19 Omicron variant is anticipated to continue into the early part of the second half of the 2022 financial year,” the company said in its operational review for the six months ending on 31 December 2021.

The company will continue to tighten spending across its operations, especially due to the heightened risk of inflation.

“Unit cost guidance remains intact bar a change to metallurgical coal, which is a function of the lowering of production guidance as a result of significant wet weather and in anticipation of Omicron headwinds, in the early part of the second half of the financial year,” the business said.

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