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). The SHMS is guided by the mine’s vision and values, legislation, relevant standards and stakeholder requirements and is interconnected with and standardised across our systems, procedures and guidelines. Curragh has a fully-equipped 24-hour full-time contract emergency services team which is augmented by its own emergency response team. All members of the Curragh emergency response team are trained extensively in fire and rescue operations, enabling the team to respond with efficiency to any on or off-site emergency.
Our emphasis on safety standards play a key role in delivering high efficiency levels at our US Operations. Our Total Reportable Incident Rate (TRIR) was 2.55 in 2017, well below the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) national average of 3.61. Our Buchanan operation has historically maintained a high-level safety standard and in 2017 the TRIR incident rate was 1.07, well below peer mines and the industry national average of 3.61. Notably, our Greenbrier’s result for 2017 was 0.00. We are proud of these results and committed to improving our safety performance further across the portfolio.
Black lung, silicosis, and Progressive Massive Fibrosis (PMF) continue to be a focal point in the US mining industry. In 2019, US Operations conducted 7,755 respirable dust samples on our miners. The process of monitoring and collecting data has progressed and miners now wear a personal dust monitor (PDM).
Mental health awareness
We believe that our people’s mental wellbeing is equally as important as their physical wellbeing. That’s why we introduced a mental health working group comprising a cross-section of employees to lead the roll out of a health and wellbeing program at Curragh …