More than 5000 workers have stood down for safety talks across Anglo American’s Queensland operations in the company’s Global Safety Day program.
Chief executive of Anglo American’s metallurgical coal business, Tyler Mitchelson, said the day was an important part of the company’s dedication to eliminating workplace fatalities.
“Safety is our core value, and there is nothing more important than making sure every person goes home safely every day,” Mr Mitchelson said.
“Despite significant improvements, we still have not been able to eliminate fatalities from our industry. This is something we are focused on every hour of every day, and at every level or our business.
“Our annual Global Safety Day ensures that every Anglo American employee is united and aligned on safety.
“Our focus this year is ensuring there is no gap between what we say and what we do when it comes to safety. We are doing this by ensuring our values always lead our decisions and actions – Safety, Care & Respect, Integrity, Innovation, Accountability and Collaboration.’
Mr Mitchelson said the company had introduced a dedicated Elimination of Fatalities program that was systematically addressing critical safety risks.
The Global Safety Day sessions yesterday (October 10) came after Anglo American joined other sites across the Queensland mining industry in a ‘safety reset.
Similar Global Safety Day sessions to those occurring in Australia will be taking place in Brazil, Botswana, Canada, Chile, China, Columbia, Finland, Namibia, Peru, Singapore, South Africa, United Kingdom and Zimbabwe.
Anglo American operates five metallurgical coal mines in Queensland’s Bowen Basin, along with additional joint venture interests.