Safety and Health
Tharisa's business is reliant on a healthy, skilled, competent and committed workforce. The safety of the Group's people is of the utmost importance to Tharisa and takes precedence over all production objectives. Tharisa aims to explore, mine, process, market and distribute its products to customers without harming anyone.
Tharisa Minerals' safety performance compares well against those of its industry peers. In recognition of these achievements, Tharisa Minerals was awarded the Best in Class Safety award at MineSafe 2018. The Mine Health and Safety Committee ('MHSC') also presented Tharisa Minerals an award for 4 000 fatality-free production shifts at its process plant operations.
Tharisa is pleased to report that there were no fatalities during FY2016, FY2017 and FY2018. While open cast operations are considered safer than underground mining operations, Tharisa Minerals has taken extra care to ensure its processes and policies are adhered to and that employees are kept well informed of potential safety hazards through continual training. Focus continues to be placed on supervisory training and holding supervisors accountable for their actions. The quality of incident investigations is of utmost importance, ensuring that corrective and preventive actions focus on eliminating, redesigning and separating risks in line with the hierarchy of controls.
The Safety, Health and Environment committees at both the holding company and operating subsidiary levels are responsible for overseeing compliance with health and safety legislation and policies. All mining and processing employees, including contractors, receive safety training. Where injuries have occurred, Tharisa Minerals' focus has been on completing effective investigations and root cause analysis to prevent repeat incidents from occurring.
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