Benchmarking 2017 safety data: progress of ICMM members

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ICMM is committed to strengthening the health and safety performance of its members and reducing operational fatalities to zero. As part of this commitment we produce an annual safety data report of our membership.1

Recognising that companies report differently and adhere to different calendar years, we have developed a common approach to reporting as defined in ICMM’s Health and safety performance indicators (2014).2

Graph 1: ICMM total fatalities and fatality frequency rate (2012-2017) Graph 2: ICMM total recordable injuries and frequency rate (2012-2017)

ICMM regrets to report 51 fatalities occurred across its membership in 2017. This represents a 19 per cent decrease from 2016 when there were a total of 63 fatalities.

This is viewed against a background of a 4 per cent reduction in the total hours worked by companies and an overall decrease in the number of incidents that resulted in a fatality. There were 2 incidents which resulted in more than one fatality, which is a decrease from 5 incidents in 2016. This year’s data also sees an 11 per cent decrease in the number of total recordable injuries from 8,445 in 2016 to 7,515 in 2017.

The fatality and injury rate – which provide the number of fatalities/ injuries per million hours worked – show a similar story with the fatality frequency rate showing a decrease from 0.032 in 2016 to 0.027 in 2017, which is the first downward trend since 2013-14. There was a decrease in the injury rate from 4.26 in 2016 to 3.94 in 2017, which continues the reduction in previous years.

Table 1: ICMM safety performance data (2012-2017)

Year

Total Recordable

Fatalities

Fatality Frequency

Rate2

TRI (total recordable injuries)

TRI frequency rate2

Total hours
worked

2012

90

0.033

13895

5.07

2,738,579,590

2013

91

0.035

11636

4.52

2,571,500,557

2014

56

0.024

10455

4.50

2,324,525,784

2015

60

0.027

10494

4.70

2,231,437,832

2016

63

0.032

8445

4.26

1,981,148,588

2017

51

0.027

7515

3.94

1,906,708,433

Fatalities by hazard category and location

While it’s difficult to attribute these trends in fatality and injury frequency rates to a single cause, it is possible to identify the most common type of incidents and where member companies are focussing prevention efforts.

Graph 3: Number of fatalities per country and associated hazards attributed to the fatalities in 2017

Graph 3 shows that a high number of fatalities are attributed to either fall of ground in underground mines or machinery & transportation.

Table 2: 2017 fatalities per continent

Continent

Total hours worked

% of total hours per continent

Total Recordable

Fatalities

Fatality Frequency

Rate3

% of fatalities per continent

Africa

695,856,702

36

28

0.040

55

Americas

681,919,237

36

13

0.019

25

Oceania

319,525,375

17

4

0.013

8

Asia

113,328,130

6

3

0.026

6

Europe

95,310,241

5

3

0.031

6

Other

768,749

0

0

0.000

0

TOTAL

1,906,708,433

100

51

0.027

100

Graph 4: Percentage of total hours worked per continent (left) and of fatalities per continent (right)

Table 3: 2017 fatalities per country

Country

Total hours worked per country

% of total hours per country

Sum of Fatalities (TRF)

Fatality frequency rate

% fatalities per country

South Africa

451,587,018

24

25

0.055

49

Peru

92,447,469

5

4

0.043

8

Chile

277,563,367

15

3

0.011

6

USA

71,689,562

4

3

0.044

6

Australia

239,323,244

13

2

0.008

4

Bolivia

4,510,786

0

2

0.443

4

Indonesia

60,213,104

3

2

0.033

4

Kazakhstan

50,367,070

3

2

0.040

4

Canada

64,839,015

3

1

0.015

2

Ghana

47,061,730

2

1

0.021

2

Italy

2,759,841

0

1

0.404

2

Japan

27,047,110

1

1

0.037

2

Niger

10,560,836

1

1

0.095

2

Norway

9,708,563

1

1

0.104

2

Spain

5,504,238

0

1

0.193

2

Zambia

59,955,112

3

1

0.017

2

Sub-total

1,475,138,063

77

51

0.035

100

Rest of world

431,570,370

23

0

0.000

0

Total

1,906,708,433

100

51

0.027

100

Graph 5: Percentage of total hours worked per country with fatality (left) and of fatalities per country (right)

Graph 4 and table 2 show that 55 per cent of the fatalities occurred in Africa, 25 per cent in the Americas, 6 per cent in Asia, 6 per cent in Europe and 8 per cent in Oceania. A total of 25 fatalities were located in South Africa, which accounts for 49 per cent of the total fatalities across ICMM members – this is illustrated in table 3 and graph 5.

This regional data plays an important role in determining focus areas for our health and safety work going forward. In 2018, ICMM’s work on safety will continue to focus on the sharing and learning between company members at our member Health & Safety Forums, and we will continue work on a project related to collision management, as a response to one of the key hazards linked to the fatalities.

2017 safety data per company

Below are two graphs that show a more detailed analysis of data for calendar year 2017 per company member. Graph 6 shows the fatality rate for each company for 2017.  Graph 7 shows the injury rate for companies in 2017. The total number of fatalities per company is shown in table 4.

Graph 6: Fatality frequency rate (per 1 million hours worked) for ICMM member companies across calendar year 2017. Graph 7: Total recordable injury frequency rate (per 1 million hours worked) for ICMM member companies across calendar year 2017. 

Table 4: all data for ICMM company members in 2017

Company

Fatalities

Fatality frequency rate2

TRI (total recordable injuries)

TRI frequency rate2

Total hours worked

African Rainbow Minerals

1

0.020

204

4.17

48,918,802

Anglo American4

9

0.035

810

3.17

255,879,180

AngloGold Ashanti5
 

7

0.057

913

7.49

121,890,637

Antofagasta Minerals

0

0.000

189

4.58

41,283,065

Barrick

2

0.030

115

1.74

65,926,124

BHP

2

0.015

557

4.29

129,791,957

Codelco6

2

0.014

860

6.22

138,203,671

Freeport-McMoRan

5

0.043

442

3.80

116,297,195

Glencore7

9

0.028

989

3.09

320,344,981

Goldcorp

0

0.000

132

3.57

36,942,052

Gold Fields

3

0.053

138

2.42

57,099,862

Hydro

2

0.040

148

2.94

50,416,216

JX Nippon

0

0.000

22

1.79

12,278,400

Lonmin8

4

0.048

829

10.02

82,724,233

MMG

1

0.024

49

1.17

41,887,038

Mitsubishi Materials9

0

0.000

7

5.23

1,339,321

Newmont

0

0.000

130

2.31

56,328,122

Orano10

1

0.056

55

3.10

17,769,212

Polyus

0

0.000

79

1.89

41,692,824

Rio Tinto

2

0.012

339

2.09

162,052,051

South3211

0

0.000

288

5.74

50,213,814

Sumitomo

1

0.055

22

1.20

18,322,538

Teck12

0

0.000

198.05

5.06

39,107,138

TOTAL

51

0.027

7,515

3.94

1,906,708,433

Footnotes

While all effort is made to ensure the data complies with the definitions, it should be noted that some minor differences still exist between companies. Acknowledging this, we are continuously looking at ways to improve the consistency of data.

1. This report includes data from 23 of the 25 ICMM company members (as of the start of 2017) Newcrest and Vale are omitted from this report as they became ICMM members during 2017 but will be included in future years.

2. http://www.icmm.com/en-gb/publications/health-and-safety-performance-indicators

3. Rates are per 1 million hours worked (calculated by dividing the total number of fatalities or TRIs by the hours worked at the companies, and then multiplied by 1 million).  Fatality rate is shown at 3 decimal places, injury rate shown at 2 decimal places.

4. The data is compliant in terms of injury severity classification, however the scope of reporting excludes those off-site work-related incidents that are not within Anglo American management. Anglo American’s TRIs reported in this disclosure include fatal injuries, lost-time injuries and medical treatment cases only.

5. AngloGold Ashanti's report of total recordable injuries in 2017 includes First Aid Cases in South Africa which is not aligned to the ICMM definition

6. Codelco does not consider incidents outside of Codelco’s controlled location (eg public roads, interaction with another –third parties). Codelco also does not differentiate between First Aid Case and Medical Treatment.

7. A few specific exclusions exist in Glencore's classification guidelines that apply in the determination of whether incidents are workplace related to assist in the decision making process.

8. Lonmin reports the total recordable injuries including some first aid cases.

9. In the hours worked and TRI, contractors were not included.

10. ORANO (formerly Areva) have differences regarding the classifications of the No Loss Time Injuries (NLTI - medical aids and first aids). ORANO group classifies its events regarding the location of the treatment.  If the injured person has to go for treatment outside the sites - and come back to work the day after, it is considered as medical aid.  If the treatment occurs at the first aid station on site (no matter what the treatment is) and the injured person goes back to work immediately after, it is considered as a first aid.

11. South32 data fully complies with the ICMM recording boundaries.  South32 use Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) definitions for Injuries and Disease classification which differs slightly from ICMM definitions.

12. Teck Medical Aid Definition: The use of prescription medication alone for any treatment other than eye injury is not a reportable medical treatment. Use of prescription medication for eye injuries is a reportable medical treatment. Medical treatment also includes the application of a cast or other professional means of immobilizing an injured part of the body. The total number of TRIs for Teck includes TRIs attributed to operations where Teck is a partner but not the managing partner.  These TRIs are included pro-rata based on the percentage of Teck ownership. Teck currently reports occupational disease cases based on accepted workers compensation claims.