Anglo American focuses on safety amid productivity gains

Anglo American’s Australian operations have helped contribute
to a boost in metallurgical coal production for the global mining
company in 2018.

The company achieved record production at Moranbah and gains at
the Grosvenor mine in Queensland last year, helping increase its
metallurgical coal output by 11 per cent to 21.8 million

Anglo American also showed strong growth at its international
copper operations in Chile off the back of its focus on

The company produced 10 per cent more copper last year than in
2012, for example, with just half the number of assets, according
to its latest annual report.

Anglo American also produced 15 per cent more copper (668,000
tonnes) last year than in 2017.

The company’s productivity push has seen employee productivity
double and copper unit costs decrease by 26 per cent in the same

Chief executive Mark Cutifani said such productivity gains
placed the company “amongst the leaders of the industry”.

Despite this improved performance, Anglo American placed safety
front-and-centre, acknowledging the death of five staff last

This referred to fatalities at the company’s South African
operations, and did not include the fatality at Moranbah
North earlier this week.

“No degree of financial performance is worth a life, however,
and in 2018, five of our colleagues tragically died in workplace
safety incidents,” Cutifani said.

“The safety of our people is always front of mind and our
determination to reach and sustain zero harm is our most pressing

In an apparent response to
Vale’s tailings dam disaster
at the Córrego de Feijão mine
last month, Anglo American noted its “best-in-class” Brazilian
dam in the Minas-Rio iron mine was not constructed using the same
upstream methods that were
until recently
 preferred by Vale.

This is due to the risk of increased rainfall caused by the
country’s tropical weather, Anglo American said.

The emphasis on tailings management follows similar reporting by

Rio Tinto
, which have both highlighted their tailings safety
procedures in recent weeks.

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Anglo American focuses on safety amid productivity gains

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