Safety is our priority at Premier Coal. The Company employs the 13 System Elements System for the Premier site. Proactive Hazard identification and extensive hazard and incident investigation are fundamental to the system.
Emphasis on personal protection and safety apparel is matched by incident and emergency preparedness. Premier Coal also has a “fitness for work” program aimed at fatigue management, physical and mental fitness, and the achievement of a site free of risk from the effects of alcohol and other drugs.
Employee health and wellbeing is also a key focus, reflected in a medical and fitness program to ensure employees are assessed and educated about health issues. Combined with a monthly physiotherapy clinic, the program aims to improve overall health and reduce the risk of illness, injury or reoccurrence of injury.
Provision of an Employee Assistance Program to the employees and their immediate family, using external counselling, is aimed at assisting with personal issues that may have an impact on work.
Other initiatives include two full-time safety advisors on a 7-day rotation roster, basic workplace first aid training, ergonomic risk assessment of individual work areas and training in strain injury prevention.
Premier takes a broad view of safety and is a member of the Local Emergency Management Action Committee (part of the Police and State Emergency Services plans) and contributes to various committees such as the Chamber of Minerals and Energy's South West Regional Occupational Health and Safety Committee.
Premier Coal continue to be an active member of the Industry Road Safety Alliance South West, which brings together industry, local and state government players in a co-operative partnership to help mitigate and manage risks associated with industry road traffic with the ultimate aim of improving safety and reducing trauma for all road users.