Fatality Prevention

During the year, we continued to work with peers within our sector, as well as external experts to further improve our Fatality Prevention Program, specifically, the Fatal Risk Management (FRM) program element. It consists of a suite of tools to assist supervisors in planning for and communicating to the broader workforce, the management requirements associated with the potentially fatal risks of daily activities. Included are tools to verify, at the work task location, that critical controls are fully understood and properly implemented. This includes utilizing basic icons for visualizing potentially fatal risks and critical control checklists for in-field verifications. Personnel at several Freeport-McMoRan operations were directly involved in developing the FRM, including a small pilot group at PTFI. Direct operational involvement in the development not only enhances the program but also provides a sense of ownership in the processes.

Vehicle Collision or Rollover
Vehicle Impact on Person
Fall from Heights
Entanglement and Crushing
Uncontrolled Release of Energy
Lifting Operations
Contact with Electricity
Falling Objects
Exposure to Hazardous Substances
Confined Spaces
Ground Failure
Rail Collision
Rail Impact on Person
Contact with Molten Material
Underground Rock Fall
Underground Hazardous Atmosphere
Underground Inrush
Personnel Hoisting
Aircraft Operation

In 2016, we created a Critical Control Improvement Team comprised of multiple engineering disciplines. The effort is focused on the quality and reliability of engineered controls and the reduction in risks associated with specific tasks. The team consists of multi-disciplinary engineers from our global operations whom are specifically dedicated to facilitate the identification, development and sharing of engineered critical controls. The team has recently evaluated in detail risks associated with safe access for working at heights, fly metal hazards associated with stacker operations and elimination of human pinch points. The team’s success is measured by improved safety performance as demonstrated by the reduction in HEHI (high energy high impact) events at our operations.

The reviews and updates of Global Significant Risk Policies continue with the support of operations, maintenance and safety experts throughout the company. A new Material Handling Conveyance Management Policy was developed to establish best practices for safely operating and maintaining material handling systems. In addition, independent experts assisted the company with the development of an Electrowinning (EW) / Electrorefining (ER) Electrical Safety Policy.

In 2016, operations in North America developed Safe Production plans, which included leading metrics. Proactive metrics identified and implemented include critical control improvements, auditing of critical controls, effective use of risk registers, and reduction of high risk tasks performed.

2016 Workplace Fatalities
Including Contractors


Event Description

Papua, Indonesia

A lineman received a fatal electrical shock while working on a twin circuit 230kV Transmission Line.

A mill electrician was troubleshooting maintenance work on power cables in an overhead cable tray when the cable tray collapsed.

A warehouse employee was walking through the warehouse yard when he walked in front of and was fatally struck by a moving 988H wheel loader forklift.

An operational lead hand and a dozer operator were moving a dozer across a catch bank, when the lead hand began operating the dozer and the dozer operator rode unsecured on the platform outside of the cabin. As the dozer moved, the crest of the narrow catch bank gave away and the dozer fell, fatally injuring the dozer operator.

FM Americas
Safford, Arizona, USA

An employee was found unresponsive leaning against a return line outside of the EW tankhouse. The cause of death was determined to be probable electrocution.

FM Americas
El Abra, Calama, Chile

A contract locomotive consisting of two locomotive engines and seven flatbed cars loaded with copper cathode entered the acid unloading terminal without notice or approval at a high rate of speed. It collided with a line of ten parked acid tanker cars,
fatally injuring one employee.