Keeping Our Workforce Safe

Modern mines are complex and dynamic workplaces which involve the handling of large volumes of material and the use of heavy equipment. The International Labour Organisation (ILO) estimates that workplace accidents and work related illness cause more than 2.78 million deaths per year. That is why the health and safety of our workforce has and always will be the top priority for Randgold.

 

Our health and safety policies and procedures are focused on eliminating fatalities and life-altering injuries from our operations, while making continual progress on reducing all injuries and occupational health impacts on site. The ultimate goal of our health and safety policies is zero-harm.

 

All operational mines have their own sitespecific safety procedures and management plans and systems. Four of which are certified to OHSAS 18001 standard, while Kibali in the DRC is working towards ISO 45001 certification.

 

As shown in the risk mitigation hierarchy applied to safety illustration, our safety management plans follow a risk mitigation hierarchy system whereby we first eliminate known hazards, then seek to mitigate exposure to hazards through technology and mechanisation. Finally where risks cannot be mitigated we use careful monitoring and administration tools and personal protective equipment (PPE) to manage the risk.

Risk Mitigation

Our 10 Lifesaving Rules

Our 10 Lifesaving Rules

Group Safety Performance

  2017 2016 2015
Total labour1 12 200 11 567 11 348
Person hours 27 457 461 25 999 634 25 518 122
LTIs2 12 12 15
LTIFR3 0.51 0.46 0.59
Fatalities4 2 0 1
TIFR5 3.93 5.73 6.90
Near misses 284 332 211

1 Including persons employed by our contractors calculated as an average over the year

Defined as injuries that occur in the execution of duties which prevent our workers from performing those duties for at least one day.

3 Number of LTIs per million person hours worked.

4 Included in 2017 are fatalities relating to 2 contractor employees as detailed on page 134.

5 Number of LTIs plus medical treatment injuries (MTIs) per million man-hours worked.

 

Mine Safety Performance

  Loulo Gounkoto Morila Tongon Kibali
  2017 2016 2017 2016 2017 2016 2017 2016 2017 2016
LTIs1 1 4 1 1 0 1 4 1 6 5
TIs2 28 45 12 16 4 8 23 44 41 35
LTIFR3 0.17 0.67 0.42 0.45 0 0.56 0.84 0.21 0.63 0.44
TIFR4 4.72 7.57 5.07 7.26 2.39 4.51 4.81 9.21 3.22 3.19
Fatalities5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Near misses 23 40 34 30 11 4 66 60 150 198

1 Defined as injuries that occur in the execution of duties which prevent our workers from performing those duties for at least one day.

2 Total injuries.

3 Number of LTIs per million person hours worked.

4 Number of LTIs plus medical treatment injuries (MTIs) per million man-hours worked.

5 Included in 2017 are fatalities relating to 2 contractor employees as detailed on page 134.