At Harmony, the safety and health of our employees and contractors is a moral imperative and essential to creating a sustainable business. Without a safe and healthy workforce, we cannot be productive and profitable.
Safety is our number one value. We aim to eliminate and prevent all fatalities and work-related injuries and illnesses by promoting a culture that values safety and health. Both our occupational safety and health policy and management framework are aligned with the Mine Health and Safety Act in South Africa and mine safety and health legislation in Papua New Guinea. Representatives from all levels of management, union and government are encouraged to participate actively in our safety and health framework. The relevant strategy is guided by our safety and health policy.
Key features in FY17
- The South African operations' lost-time injury frequency rate unfortunately regressed by 17%
- In Papua New Guinea, The lost-time injury frequency rate for hidden valley improved by 63%
- The fatality injury frequency rate at South African operations improved by 46%. Regrettably, post-year end, a seismic event at Kusasalethu resulted in the death of five employees
- There were no fatalities at our Papua New Guinean operation
For further information, please see our Integrated annual report 2017.