Lonmin sections and managers were awarded 14 of the 36 annual Association of Mine Managers of South Africa (Ammsa) safety excellence awards in December 2011 at an event hosted in Welkom.
The miner commented that their safety management team had ‘driven several innovative and long term policies, aimed at immediate safety improvements as well as changing thinking and behaviour to achieve and sustain change’.
The Lonmin team had “explored best practice and new thinking” advised by local and international health and safety experts. Ammsa commented that Lonmin had “taken key learning points from other industries and applied them successfully in mining operations”.
Lonmin mining executive vice president Mark Munroe commented that “safety is not just about people at the top, it starts with each operational team member making a difference by acting in an appropriately safe manner.
Safety is about continuous improvement
“Our work is recognised by our peers… we will be striving hard to improve, that is the nature of what we do.”
Lonmin had introduced several safety practices and technologies in 2011, including new applications and processes in support, mining methods, training, emergency planning, response, and disaster incident management.
Ammsa noted that the mining group had “helped [their employers] to take ownership of safety issues in their areas, starting with an innovative safety summit dealing with leadership, safety culture, simple systems, and establishing an enabling environment.”
Safety performance rose after work deaths
Following a series of fatal event in early 2011 and mid 2011, Lonmin management and employees gathered to jointly sign a safety pledge.
Lonmin CEO Ian Farmer congratulated his colleagues on joining hands in “helping to create an impressive level of awareness about our determination to reach zero harm in our business.”
PHOTO; Lonmin CEO Ian Farmer aims at “raising awareness about our determination to reach zero harm.”