Our people are the foundation of our success and their health and safety is our first priority. We are focused on strengthening safety culture, so that everyone who works for us demonstrates a commitment to safety and believes in our "Don't walk past" philosophy. This philosophy is built on the premise that the standard you walk past or the situation you ignore, is the standard you accept.

There were no fatalities or serious disabling injuries or illnesses in 2017. Our safety performance has consistently improved, with our total recordable injury frequency rate (TRIFR1) per million hours worked being 5.0 for the year ended 30 June 2017, against a target of 5.0. This was a positive improvement compared to 7.1 in the previous year.

We also saw a steady improvement in our lost time injury frequency rate (LTIFR1). The LTIFR per million hours worked was 0.8 for the year ended 30 June 2017, compared to 0.7 in the previous year.

Our improved health and safety performance can be attributed to:

  • the continued focus and improvement of our risk assessments and verifying critical controls;
  • additional improvements made to our assurance reporting process to enable better monitoring of risks, hazards and critical controls;
  • additional improvements made to the assurance reporting process enabling better monitoring of risks, hazards and critical controls; and
  • the continued auditing of contractor health and safety management plans (annually for existing companies and during the tendering processes for new suppliers) to determine selection and awards of contracts.

View Sandfire's Occupational Health and Safety Policy Statement and Health and Wellbeing Policy Statement.


  1. Calculation for TRIFR and LTIFR is total number of injuries (for the 12 month period) / total hours worked (for the 12 month period) multiplied by 1,000,000.

    Lost Time Injury - An injury which results in the person being declared (by a Medical Practitioner) as being unfit to perform their normal duties for a shift, after the shift in which the injury was sustained.

    Total Recordable Injury - The combination of Fatalities, Lost Time Injuries, Restricted Work Injuries and Medical Treated Injuries.