As a company, we strive to continuously improve our health and safety performance and to ensure that our people leave work in a safe and healthy manner every day. We will achieve this through a deeply-ingrained safety culture, backed up by effective systems and processes, with managers at all levels of the business leading by example.
Petra’s Festive Season campaign “HSE Starts With Me” was launched during Richard Duffy’s annual CEO Roadshow in October 2019. The campaign was a health and safety behaviour focused initiative developed by the Group HSEQ Department and supported the Minerals Council SA’s annual nationwide campaign “Khumbul’ekhaya” (the Nguni word for “remember home”). Each operation implemented their “HSE Starts with Me Campaign” and aligned actions, schedules and interventions to mine specific requirements to gain the most from the initiative.
“HSE Starts With Me” was based on four key principles: zero harm is an aspiration, not a goal, driven by continual improvement; the Company will apply a holistic approach to eliminate health and safety related incidents, accidents and environmental impacts; remembering home, staying healthy and safe because someone at home is waiting for you, and caring for the environment so our children may prosper.
At the Finsch mine, the majority of accidents in FY 2020 were found to be behavioural in nature and of low severity. As part of an initiative to change these behaviours, in November 2019 the mine launched its own campaign – “Stop for Safety”, in conjunction with the “HSE Starts With Me” campaign. It focused on raising awareness and addressing a number of issues including fatigue, drug and alcohol testing, supervision during overtime worked, lack of focus, avoiding taking shortcuts, production incentives and consequence management.
The campaign was officially launched by Finsch’s General Manager, Notokozo Ngema, and during the campaign, he and the mine’s management team visited areas in the plant and underground to engage directly with workers on health and safety issues. A great emphasis was placed on raising awareness and all employees were encouraged to re-focus and address any complacency in their behaviours.