SAFETY & HEALTH
Safety is a core guiding principal at Coronado, it is key to everything we do. Our operations have consistently achieved high rankings for compliance with safety standards, and we are continually striving for improvement.
We believe we have one of the best training programs in the industry, we seek to ingrain best practices for recognising, avoiding and preventing safety and health hazards in our mines, preparation plants, loadouts and offices. The goal is for a safety mindset to be second nature to all employees, regardless of location.
We believe our excellent health and safety record is a competitive advantage, helping us to retain and attracting high quality people. We regularly and meticulously monitor our staff, mines and processes to ensure that necessary and desired measures are taken to protect our employees and the communities in which we operate. Our reportable incident rate is well below the underground industry average and our emphasis on safety contributes to our overall level of productivity and efficiency.
Curragh’s safety and health is managed through the Safety and Health Management System (SHMS). Subject matter experts and stakeholders across our workforce are engaged in the development and implementation of our SHMS to ensure it meets the needs of our business as well as our legal requirements.
The continued focus on Critical Control Management, to identify and manage critical controls with the aim of preventing fatal and catastrophic events from occurring in conjunction with our ‘CARE’ culture of the workforce. Curragh Mine sees both an integral part of risk management and aids in identifying the priority risks at Curragh Mine, implementing and validating the controls in the field towards preventing incidents or mitigating its impact.
Our emphasis on safety standards play a key role in delivering high efficiency levels at our U.S. Operations. Our Total Reportable Incident Rate (TRIR) was 2.51 in 2021, well below the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) national average of 4.90 for Underground Mines. Our Buchanan operation has historically maintained a high-level safety standard and in 2021 the TRIR incident rate was 2.84, well below peer mines and the industry national average of 4.90. Notably, Greenbrier’s result for 2021 was 0.00. We are proud of these results and are committed to improving our safety performance further across our portfolio.
In 2021, Australian operations continued stringent COVID-19 controls to ensure a safe operation was maintained and compliance with government regulations. The management of COVID-19 continued to present challenges as Australia transitioned from a zero-COVID-19 strategy to living with COVID-19 in late 2021. Our operational response was managed via our COVID-19 Trigger Action Response Plan which was developed in consultation with our appointed medical advisor to align with Queensland Health requirements.
Social distancing, mask wearing, limiting personnel numbers in vehicles, and a mine site access approval process were some of the controls applied to reduce the operations exposure to COVID-19 during 2021. As domestic borders reopened in late 2021 community transmission increased. Site management plans, worker education and vaccination programs, implemented in advance, ensured that the risk to the workforce remained low. Coronado remains committed to promoting vaccination to the Curragh workforce through COVID-19 education, promotion of local government vaccination clinics and targeted vaccination and booster clinics for employees and contractors within our accommodation facilities.
In 2021 the U.S. operations maintained policies to protect employees from the virus. This included a no visitor policy; restricted travel; staggered start/stop times for mining shifts in order to reduce the number of miners present at one time; and masking while in bathhouses, close proximity underground transportation and elevators. Temperature screenings were also undertaken at each entrance to our property. These measures were implemented and removed during the year, based on local infection rates and Government guidelines. The COVID-19 Steering Committee met frequently through the year as needed to address the changing conditions locally.