GBM is committed to providing a safe and healthy work environment for all of its employees, contractors, consultants and visitors at all of our sites. Our aim is to operate in a safe and environmentally responsible manner that meets the industry’s highest standards.
We are committed to developing strong and lasting relationships with our employees, and with the communities in which we operate, as an essential ingredient to realising the company’s vision. The company is committed to maintaining regular and open communication with the landholders and stakeholders in the areas in which we operate. GBM’s strong commitment to safety ensures that all employees, including employees of contractors, suppliers and consultants, are fully instructed, trained and assessed in their activities. Providing the facilities, equipment, tools, procedures, safety programs and training allows employees to carry out their assigned tasks in a safe and appropriate manner.
- No lost time injuries were sustained during the 2016/17 field season (LTI frequency rate of 0.0 against an industry average of 2.8 (2013/2014).
- No medically treated injuries were sustained during operations in 2016/17.
- No environmental incidents occurred during the reporting period.
- Refresher First Aid Courses were undertaken during the year for all staff members.
- Ongoing reviews of GBM’s Risk Register and procedures continued throughout the year.
Protection of the environment and the health and safety of its people remain at the core of GBM’s culture. As routine procedure the company manages risk through the identification, elimination, monitoring and control of risk hazards, and implements procedures accordingly, while reviewing performance on a daily basis. GBM seeks continuous improvement in occupational safety and health performance utilising best practice procedures and taking into account evolving knowledge and technology. GBM recognises the importance of communication and consultation with all staff and stakeholders to foster a culture of commitment to health, safety and the environment by promoting healthy lifestyles through appropriate awareness and training programs.
During the 12 month reporting period the total recordable injury frequency rate per million hours worked was maintained at 0.0 based on combined GBM and contractors working hours (16,865). This compares to the 2013/14 average LTIFR published by Safe Work Australia for the Exploration sector of 2.8 (most recent figure available).
GBM continued to demonstrate excellent results of zero LTI’s, MTI’s and Environmental Incidents, the Company’s will strive to maintain and improve these high Safety and Environment standards.
Community and environment
GBM is committed to monitoring and managing the environmental impacts of our activities to secure a sustainable environmental future for communities surrounding our sites, even after the activities cease.
GBM continually strives to improve its environmental performance and complies with the environmental laws and regulations as a minimum standard. GBM proactively manages and assesses environmental
risks on a site-specific basis to achieve planned environmental outcomes.
GBM informs and consults with the community about its activities and projects on a regular basis. As part of GBM’s involvement with community, the company supported Writing and Illustration workshops at the Cloncurry Primary school. This was part of a program of workshops conducted by the Children’s Charity Network.
During the year now ended, GBM commenced monitoring rehabilitation performance on the disturbed areas around the Mount Coolon Gold Mine sites of Koala and Glen Eva. Preliminary results from the initial two surveys confirms that rehabilitation completed by previous operators has been largely successful. The company will continue to monitor this and to undertake minor remediation and additional rehabilitation on areas where these surveys identify it is necessary. In additional baseline ecological surveys including flora and fauna have been completed in both post wet and dry season conditions at Koala, Glen Eva and Eugenia to assist in future mine planning and environmental management at these sites.