Fatality Prevention

Working with industry experts through our Fatality Prevention Program, we implement critical controls and aim to eliminate hazards completely. Ensuring workforce understanding of the critical controls necessary to mitigate fatal risks is our clear focus. In 2015, we focused on educating our leaders in fatality prevention techniques, followed by training sessions for all employees. Approximately 40,000 workforce members were trained in seven different languages over the course of the year.

In 2015, we also established proactive metrics or leading indicators around our fatality prevention efforts. These will be utilized in 2016 to develop Safe Production plans and objectives to drive process improvements. The intent is to engage employees and leaders to drive proactive safety activities. These objectives will be focused on risk reduction activities such as critical control improvements, effective use of risk registers, critical control verification auditing and reduction of high-risks tasks performed.

When hazards cannot be eliminated from a working environment, technologies we implement include:

  • Collision Avoidance Systems (CAS) for large haul trucks and mining machinery that have extensive blind spots, and often travel roadways with limited visibility
  • Driver Safety System (DSS) technology, which is a non-intrusive, in-cab solution that alerts operators instantly if fatigue is detected
  • Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and slope stability radar to monitor changing mine environments, including pit slopes, tailings storage impoundments and leach pads

In 2015, the Global Significant Risk (GSR) reviews continued with subject matter experts from operations, maintenance and the safety function. The purpose is to set minimum policy requirements and identify potential gaps in existing guidelines or procedures. Through these reviews, we identified the critical controls being used effectively at certain operations and within the industry, and we shared that knowledge at all operations.

  • Aviation Safety
  • Berm Management
  • Blasting
  • Bluestake (Locating
    Utilities Prior to Work)
  • Bulk Material Handling - Conveyor Belt Management
  • Bus Safety
  • Confined Space Entry
  • Crane Operation
    (Mobile and Overhead)
  • Specific Electrical
  • Energy Control –
  • Excavation and
  • Fatigue Management
  • Fire Prevention
  • HDPE Pipe Handling
    & Transportation
  • Hot Work
  • Mobile Equipment
  • Open Hole
  • Overhead Power Line
  • Rigging and
    Suspended Loads
  • Round Stock
    Unloading and Storage
  • Slope Stability and
    Ground Control
  • Stockpile Management
  • Tailings and
  • Working at Heights
    (Fall Protection)

Project Safety Highlights In Papua, Indonesia, we are developing the largest underground block cave mining operations in the world where through surface control rooms we operate cutting-edge automation technology to improve safety and production efficiency. This includes remote automation, operation and monitoring of trains, loaders, ore chutes, conveyors and ventilation systems. We are implementing an updated ground control management plan including high definition 3D scanners to detect ground movement. The scanners consist of a series of wireless extensometer devices to measure convergence in real time, and a micro-seismic listening system.

Our Cerro Verde expansion project in Peru includes the world’s largest concentrating facility. At the project’s peak, over 17,000 construction workers were transported daily through steep mountainous terrain. Vehicle Safety Monitoring (VSM) systems installed on approximately 375 busses allowed for the monitoring of driver behaviors including vehicle speed, rapid acceleration and hard braking. One month following implementation, speeding events were reduced by 80 percent.

2015 Workplace Fatalities
Including Contractors



Event Description

Papua, Indonesia


A contractor was fatally injured when he was pinched between an underground Getman flatbed truck and the steel door of a shop at the surface mill area.

Cerro Verde Expansion Project Arequipa, Peru


A contractor supervisor was struck by lightning and killed while he and his crew were evacuating due to changing weather conditions.

Papua, Indonesia


A metallurgist was fatally injured when he was caught and pulled into a tail pulley of a running belt conveyor while trying to dislodge a ball using a steel pipe.