A multinational resources producer celebrated another end of financial year without any workplace deaths.
Newcrest Mining recently claimed there were no employee fatalities recorded since the year 2015.
“We remain relentlessly focused on the safety and wellbeing of our workforce and the local communities in which we operate. Pleasingly, we are now nearly seven years free of fatalities,” the company said in its latest full 2022 financial year results.
The employer believes its focus on “safe and responsible” mining and team culture helped every worker return home at the end of their shift.
“Safety is embedded into our culture,” it said.
“Newcrest is actively focused on enhancing safety behaviours with the aim of ensuring all employees and contractors go home safely each day.”
However, the business still reported a rise in work-related injuries for fiscal 2022 (FY22).
“Newcrest delivered another 12-month period free of fatalities and reported a total recordable injury frequency rate of 3.9 per million hours worked. Injury rates were higher than the prior period, driven by minor hand injuries and other low severity incidents,” it said.
Newcrest separately introduced initiatives to maintain good employment conditions. This includes appointing a special group to make everyone feel safe, respected and valued at work.
“A dedicated team has been established to focus on actions to prevent and eliminate any form of sexual assault and sexual harassment at Newcrest. In conjunction with Newcrest’s program to promote inclusion, diversity and psychological safety across all of its operations and locations, this is expected to support Newcrest’s aspiration of a high-performing and inclusive culture in which everyone can thrive and excel,” it said.
The Cadia mine reopened less than a month after underground workers were temporarily evacuated from the Panuara site, 28km south of Orange. The precautionary measure was taken after instability was discovered in one of the operation’s vent rises.
“Activities to remediate instability in one of the ventilation rises at Cadia have been completed and underground mining has safely resumed. Cave production has steadily ramped up over recent days, with the mine now returned to full capacity. Development of PC2-3 has also recommenced with critical path activities restored,” the proponent said.
A two stage plant expansion at the mine site is now on-track for completion at the end of September 2022.
The company reported a statutory and underlying profit of $872 million for FY22, representing a 25 per cent drop on the previous financial year.
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