BHP Fatality Elimination Program

BHP engaged Austmine to launch the Fatality Elimination Program to the Australian METS sector to find new solutions to key safety challenges across their global operations. This project formed part of a global safety improvement initiative aimed to enable a step change to permanently remove fatalities across the business. 

The program allowed METS companies to propose solutions across 10 key safety areas: 
1. Vehicles and mobile equipment (In-pit, Underground, Off-site)
2. Dropped or falling objects
3. Electrical (including arch flash or blast)
4. Fire and explosion
5. Energy release (excluding electrical)
6. Fall from height
7. Geotechnical failure
8. Lifting
9. Entanglement or crushing
10. Loss of containment

The program also opened up solution submissions to specific safety challenges put forward by BHP within these 10 key safety areas: 

Drops/falls:
Identification of changes within the task environment
Reduce exposure of personnel to tasks at height 

Energy: 
Alert personnel to presence of electrical energy 
Reducing energy transference from equipment 
Use of incorrect blueprints or P&ID 

Lifting:
Exclusion zone identification and management 
Setting and Monitoring Load Limits 

Mobile Equipment:
Maintaining Separation Between Person and Vehicle 
Ensuring a Vehicle does not Roll Away 
Ensuring the Use of a Mitigating Control 
Working Near Edges 
Avoid Distraction of the Driver During Shift Hours 
Ensuring Operation of Equipment Within Safe Limits for Road Conditions 
Improving Roads, Intersections, Signs and Information 

Multi-risk:
Improve understanding of control application
Improve understanding of hazards within the work environment

Submissions are now closed.

Thank you to everyone who submitted a fatality elimination proposal. The response and standard of entries were extremely high. In total 481 ideas were received and carefully reviewed by BHP representatives. The company has since shortlisted 54 of the proposals and invited participants to present their ideas at a pitch day in October 2020. The pitches are now being shortlisted, and recommendations will be presented to members of BHP’s Executive Leadership Team. BHP will be in touch with successful participants soon after.

The information gathered through the challenge will inform BHP’s research and options identification process at this early stage of their safety improvement program.

BHP is committed to providing ongoing updates to those who have submitted a proposal/expression of interest, as well as create ongoing awareness and engagement of their safety improvement initiative with the Mining Equipment, Technology and Services (METS) sector in Australia through future engagements.

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