Marked reduction in employee injuries results in award for Christchurch / Otago quarry company
MEDIA RELEASE 7 June 2018
Christchurch and Otago-based Road Metals has won the inaugural NZ Minerals Forum health and safety award for its major reduction in employee injuries.
The quarry and contracting company won the award for “the strongest overall demonstration of excellence in a health and safety initiative”.
The award was one of three given out at the recent the NZ Minerals Forum to recognise excellence in mining and quarrying. The other winners, chosen from eight finalists, were OceanaGold Waihi, which won the innovation award and Greenbriar Ohai Coal, which won environmental management award.
Chair of the judging panel Bernie Napp said Road Metals won its award because of its extremely strong focus on health and safety. The company had achieved 100 per cent compliance with strict new regulations through a comprehensive revamp of its health and safety systems.
Road Metals Managing Director Murray Francis said the company took the view that “everyone, from the management down to workers to contractors, is responsible for preventing harm.”
Regulations brought in after the Pike River disaster prompted the company to carry out a full risk assessment of the activities its employees face day to day. A combined effort of management and workers provided a valuable change in perspective and helped identify areas in need of improvement.
Murray said Road Metals set itself several goals, ranging from reducing accident rates to identifying more hazards and passing external audits. They employed a dedicated health and safety manager and introduced various health and safety initiatives.
There has now been a marked reduction in lost-time injuries (LTI). Having already marked 100-day and 250-day milestones, Road Metals is aiming to reach 365 days LTI free in 2018.
The key to the revamp was the company’s “Arrive Safe – Go Home Safe” initiative, which emphasised the importance of coming to work fit and healthy as well as staying safe on site, he said.
“It is summed up by two mottos: ‘Work as a team and look out for each other’ and ‘Don’t burn the candle at both ends.’”
Murray said workers were advised to avoid fatigue and monitor their personal life for things that could affect them, or their colleagues and to speak to their supervisor if they felt overworked or stressed.
About the NZ Minerals Forum
The New Zealand Minerals Forum is a two-day conference and exhibition covering mining in New Zealand. It is designed: to showcase the New Zealand mining sector to stakeholders and prospective investors; and educate and inform the New Zealand mining community. It attracts high-level attendance from mining companies, government regulators and agencies, the investment community and service companies.
The event is a joint venture between the industry association Straterra and Freeman Media, publisher of Inside Resources. New Zealand Petroleum & Minerals is the Foundation Partner.
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