As a young and growing mine, we realise mining can be a hazardous profession without the correct measures in place. So it is that the health and safety of the people who work alongside us in our drive to create opportunities are of paramount importance.
Marking safety milestones is not just a box-ticking exercise; in truth, we are consistently focused on raising the bar when it comes to the well-being of the people who choose to work at PPM.
It is PPM’s Zero Harm value that drives the decisions we make when it comes to our employees, our communities, and the environment in which we operate. Aligning to the Mine Health and Safety Act is but one thing but we see surpassing these expectations as our primary goal.
In 2020, the mine marked 11 years without a fatal incident and has experienced a steady decline in onsite injuries over the past six years – this is due, in point, to our unwavering commitment to safety.
No action, whether stationary or mobile are performed unless the appropriate risk assessment is being done. No truck is driven, no mining tool is lifted, and no light switch is flicked without questioning the effect on any employee, our community, and the environment. We evaluate, identify, and mitigate risks. Therefore, all employees are encouraged to support the constant efforts with Visible Felt Leadership and Planned Task Observations daily.
PPM’s passion for embracing innovation and technology extends naturally to the Health & Safety department and sees us involved in several improvement processes, including the development of Collision Avoidance Systems.
Over and above the deployment of innovative tools and ongoing employee training, which is constantly updated and monitored, we run annual reviews that, not only weigh our abilities to do our jobs but also monitor potential health concerns and issues amongst our teams. Occupational hygienists and exposure agents are on-site to monitor the mine at various times throughout the year.
For PPM it is people first in everything we do.