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 2016. Our safety performance has consistently improved, with our total recordable injury frequency rate (TRIFR1) per million hours worked being 7.1 for the year ended 30 June 2016, against a target of 7. This was a positive improvement compared to 9.5 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 0.7 for the year ended 30 June 2016, compared to 1.5 in the previous year.

Our improved safety performance can be attributed to:

  • the continued development and progressive rollout of our Health and Safety Management System Standards and Hazard Standards;
  • continual review of our risk assessments and verification of controls;
  • additional improvements made to the assurance reporting process enabling better monitoring of risks, hazards and critical controls;
  • continued auditing of contractor health and safety management plans annually for existing companies and during the tendering processes to determine selection and award of contracts; and
  • a review of the DeGrussa Authority to Work System, which identified system gaps and has been modified to improve understanding and compliance.

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.