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Whitehaven Coal Limited : Annual Report 2013
31 Whitehaven Coal Limited Annual Report 2013 3 Health and Safety 3.2 OUR PERFORMANCE Overview Whitehaven's Health and Safety performance measures include all our employees and contractors conducting work at our mining, construction and exploration areas. The data is benchmarked against NSW Coal data provided by the NSW Department of Trade & Investment -- Mine Safety (report can be found at www.resources.nsw.gov.au/safety). Over the past three years we have continued to reduce our total recordable injury frequency rate. (Figure (1). Total recordable injuries include lost time injuries, restricted work day injuries and medical treatment injuries as per the de nitions detailed in AS1885 and the relevant NSW Health and Safety legislation. As a group from FY2011 to FY2012 we signi cantly reduced our lost time injury frequency rate (LTIFR)2 from 7.13 to 4.17, although in FY2013 this increased slightly to 4.63 against a target of zero (Figure 1). The increase in lost time injuries on last years results is being addressed by introducing a behaviour based safety program. Figure 1 -- Whitehaven Group Frequency Rates FY2011 -- FY2013 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 Whitehaven TRIFR NSW Coal TRIFR Whitehaven LTIFR NSW Coal LTIFR FY2011 FY2012 FY2013 The underground operations considerably improved Health and Safety performance both in regards to lost time and total recordable injuries (Figure 2). The Total Recorded Injury Frequency rate (TRIFR)3 reduced to 22.36 in FY2013 from 34.61 in FY2012. The LTIFR reduced signi cantly to 0.86 from 6.29 with only one lost time injury recorded in the reporting period. Figure 2 -- Underground Operations Frequency Rates FY2011 -- FY2013 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 Whitehaven U/G TRIFR NSW Coal U/G TRIFR Whitehaven U/G LTIFR NSW Coal U/G LTIFR FY2011 FY2012 FY2013 The open cut operations continued to work on improving safety performance, although in FY2013 the results for LTIFR and TRIFR trended up (Figure 3). In the Open Cut Operations we experienced a number of low severity lost time injuries. The open cut operations had eight lost time injuries, four of which resulted in the loss of seven shifts in total (an average of 1.75 shifts lost per injury). Of course, any lost time injury is cause for concern, but our approach to injury management ensures that the amount of time o work is minimised. Figure 3 -- Open Cut Operations Frequency Rates FY2011 -- FY2013 0 5 10 15 20 Whitehaven O/C TRIFR NSW Coal O/C TRIFR Whitehaven O/C LTIFR NSW Coal O/C LTIFR FY2011 FY2012 FY2013 2 LTIFR represents the number of lost time injuries for each 1,000,000 hours worked. 3 TRIFR represents the combined number of medical treatment, restricted work day and lost time injuries for each 1,000,000 hours worked.
Annual Report 2012