Health and safety

Performance and Goals

Health and safety performance highlights in 2010 and 2011 include the following:

  • Experienced a fatality at our Kupol operation in 2010 and another at Fort Knox in 2011. Early in 2012, a worker at our Chirano facility in Ghana also suffered fatal injuries;
  • Awarded the Dvoinoye expansion project with the Kinross Safety Award. Dvoinoye was one of four sites to achieve a Total Medical Injury Frequency Rate (TMIFR) of 0.00, a significant improvement over 1.67 in 2010. Lobo-Marte, Cerro Casale and South America Exploration achieved a full year without an injury requiring medical treatment. Kupol was the best-performing operating site, achieving two million hours without an LTI in 2011 and greatly reducing both its TMIFR and injury severity rate year-over-year;
  • In 2010, Round Mountain worked the entire year - more than 1.4 million hours - without an LTI.  In 2010, Fort Knox had worked more than four consecutive years, and more than four million hours, without an LTI;
  • In 2011, Kinross’ La Coipa site received the prestigious John T. Ryan Safety Award for excellence in safety performance from the Chilean Institute of Mining Engineers. The mine also received the Atacama Regional Committee of Safe Mining Award for being one of the safest mines in the region, achieving 3.8 million hours without an LTI;
  • In 2010, Kinross’ Chirano mine received the National Safety and First Aid Competition Award;
  • Achieved two million hours worked without a LTI during 2010 at La Coipa and completed the year with no LTI or medical treatment injuries. La Coipa received the Kinross Safety Award for 2010;
  • In 2011, conducted Company-wide external audit of sites (in addition to our regular biennial CR audits) to identify gaps in safety and implemented appropriate follow-up measures, with encouraging improvements in safety performance reported in early 2012; 
  • Launched training in safety causal analysis at Kinross sites; 
  • Conducted integrated EHS audits for Kinross operations and growth projects in Chile, Crixás and the DeLamar reclamation site; 
  • Completed implementation of Awareness and Preparedness (APELL) at Paracatu in 2011; 
  • Established the role of Global Aviation Manager to provide oversight of all safety and security aspects of air travel by Kinross personnel, and developed a corporate Aviation Standard to provide appropriate guidance and review by aviation experts to support procuring air services;
  • Undertook a workforce baseline health risk assessment at Tasiast, with the results informing the development of a new medical clinic at the site;
  • Initiated International SOS partnerships at Kupol and Tasiast to provide health and medical services at Kupol and Tasiast.

2012 Goals

  • Drive for improvements in health and safety performance on an annual basis. For 2012, we have established a target for the maximum total recordable incident frequency rate of 0.9 and an incident severity rate of 8.6 (both based on 200,000 work hours) across the organization. Targets have also been set at a regional and site level as part of the strategic business planning process.
  • Recruit and establish new leadership positions for health and safety at the regional and site levels.
  • Move toward an All Injury Frequency Rate for Kinross, which includes lost-time injuries, restricted work injuries, medical treatment injuries and first aid injuries.
  • Improve the rigour of Kinross’ leading indicators for safety to facilitate more targeted and proactive health and safety management plans.
  • Update corporate safety standards for managing high hazard activities such as working in confined spaces, working at heights, and energy isolation.

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