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Whitehaven Coal Limited : Annual Report 2013
33 Whitehaven Coal Limited Annual Report 2013 Incident Management System During the 2013 reporting period Whitehaven commenced work to implement a Company-wide electronic incident management system. Con guration of the system occurred up until the go live date of 1 July 2013. The initial focus of the incident management system has been to implement a robust noti cation, investigation and action tracking process at Whitehaven. In the future the additional options such as risk management, audits and safety observations will be considered for implementation to further support our existing safety processes. In addition to the health and safety initiatives conducted within the business Whitehaven continues to support a range of external initiatives including the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service, Gunnedah Rural Health Centre, and the New South Wales Minerals Council Safety Conference. Back Care Sessions Throughout July and August 2012, as part of the Safety Days, Whitehaven arranged a series of back care sessions to increase awareness of manual handling risks and sprain/strain injuries. The sessions were facilitated by an Occupational Therapist with previous experience within the mining industry. The service provider delivered interactive one hour workshops based on musculoskeletal health education aimed at reducing soft tissue injuries for workers. Whitehaven workers were educated on why they need to maintain safe working habits, how to prevent injury through understanding of anatomy, anatomical positioning and muscle imbalances. The workshops were tailored to Whitehaven's needs and expectations, and equipped our workers with some tools which they could apply at work and at home. The Workshop components included: • Basic back anatomy • Disc bulge • Joint movement for lubrication • Abdominal bracing • What is a SafeSpine (sitting, standing, lifting, lying down) • Soft tissue creep • Set up versus trigger • The solution: Reset Following the back care session Whitehaven worked with the service provider to develop back care prompt cards for operators, mechanical and administrative workers. The prompt cards were distributed to the workforce for use during day-to-day work as a reminder of the principles taught throughout the back care sessions. In addition to the back care sessions and prompt cards a number of manual handling training sessions and toolbox talks have been coordinated at Whitehaven during the reporting period. Manual handling principles are also presented at the Whitehaven induction. In 2010, 29 workers were tragically killed at New Zealand's Pike River underground coal mine after a number of underground explosions. The disaster was the subject of the Royal Commission on the Pike River Mine Tragedy. The Pike River mine is not related in any way to Whitehaven or its operations. Following the release of the Commission's Findings, the Whitehaven Board instigated an internal review process to ensure that any key learnings were acted upon. Our review process commenced with a workshop that involved the Whitehaven Board and Senior Management from the Executive and Operational teams and external legal advisers. The aim of the rst workshop was to review the Royal Commission's ndings into the reasons for the incident and to determine if Whitehaven had any similar issues. The workshop focused on management and technical issues and involved both Underground and open cut activities. A key action owing from the review was a Whitehaven Board decision to retain a technical expert to conduct a technical review of the Pike River learnings applicable to the Narrabri Underground Mine. The expert who was appointed was closely involved in the Pike River Royal Commission. The technical review was conducted at site and included a series of documentation reviews and inter views with management and workforce representatives. The overall outcome of the technical review was that Narrabri Underground Mine is operating to a high standard of Health and Safety Management. The review found underground standards at the mine are high. The mine ventilation system was considered by the expert to be properly designed and in line with industry best practice. The review also included veri cation interviews and discussions with a cross section of site personnel, including both management and frontline workers, to assess the understanding and implementation of current systems and processes. The outcome of this review was also positive, with the mine's safety culture seen as e ective and well understood. Case Study Lessons from the Pike River mine Incident 3 Health and Safety
Annual Report 2012