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Why It Matters

The need for continuous attention to safety is particularly important in our industry, as all forms of mining, especially underground, pose numerous safety hazards. Minimizing the risk of accidents and injuries helps make our employees and contractors feel safe, confident and more productive on the job.

Management Approach

Safety Management System

Our goal is a workplace free from fatalities, serious injuries and lost-time accidents. Through our Safety Management System, we work hard to ensure our safety practices are both effective and constantly improving. Among our initiatives, we:

  • Maintain rigorous safety procedures, controls and standards, as summarized in the Endeavour Health and Safety Policy.
  • Employ a Regional Safety Manager and Safety Coordinators at each of our operating mines, who are supported by safety committees and groups dedicated to activities such as safety talks and audits, mine rescue, aboveground emergencies and operational discipline.
  • Deliver the Visible Felt Leadership Program to enhance the safety skills of leaders and supervisors at each site. Through the program, they learn to lead by example, set top safety standards and expectations for their teams, and take accountability for providing safety coaching as part of their job.
  • Provide personal protective equipment and safety signage, continuously monitor air quality to ensure good ventilation and, to prevent rock falls and cave-ins, support weak ground with steel sets and shotcrete.
  • Prohibit alcohol and drugs at all sites, and monitor workers’ blood levels to ensure compliance.

Risk Assessment

Ongoing risk assessment is a critical part of our safety management system. We conduct frequent safety inspections and audits across our mining sites to find and mitigate potential hazards. Employees must complete an inspection checklist before entering or working in a new area of a mine to verify that safe conditions and controls exist. When workplace incidents do happen, caring for any injured employees is our top priority. In addition, we evaluate every incident to find the underlying causes, and implement corrective or preventative actions to address any problems.

Building a Safety Culture

We believe safe behaviours and outcomes are everyone’s responsibility. As part of fostering a strong culture of safety awareness, we continually engage with our employees and contractors to help them value the importance of working safely and empower them to take the necessary steps to assure safe measures. Approximately one-third of our workforce participates in various safety groups and committees.

Prior to joining Endeavour, all employees and contractors participate in a three-day induction program, which focuses on workplace safety. We provide continuous safety training and interactive discussions about safety equipment, activities and recognizing and resolving hazardous situations.

Emergency Preparedness

Each of our operations has emergency response plans and teams in place for our mines. All of our employees and contractors receive basic first aid training as part of the new hire/induction process. We also have emergency preparedness plans for handling hazards such as spills or any other type of hazardous substance. In certain cases, employees are trained as responders for emergency situations in nearby communities.

2018 Performance

  • Realized a 16.6% reduction in our reportable injury frequency rate (for both employees and contractors) from 2017. This result continues the downward trend in accidents over the past five years, driven by various initiatives – including additional training, greater employee involvement in safety processes and improvements to our Safety Management System.

    One such improvement introduced in 2018 was cross-site safety audits. Teams comprising staff from different departments at one site visited other sites to evaluate safety practices and compliance, thereby ensuring neutrality and objectivity. This has proved to be a valuable learning and assessment process.

  • Achieved our best-ever safety performance in Guanaceví, where there were only three lost-time accidents (compared to 14 the prior year) and a milestone 1 million hours free of lost-time injuries – refer to case study.
  • Recorded a significant 20% decrease in accidents at our El Cubo operation, which has struggled in prior years with safety challenges. We attribute the positive turnaround to strong new leadership at the site and full implementation of the Safety Management System, which in turn resulted in an increase in safety audits. While mining safety has improved considerably at El Cubo, we still have work to do as this site accounts for 66% of total lost-time accidents.
  • Experienced some safety challenges at our Bolañitos operation, resulting in 14 lost-time injuries in 2018, up from eight the previous year. We are following up closely to identify strategies for improvement. In addition, we had an inspection from the Ministry of Labour that generated a few observations related mostly to the health management plans for the site. Because of this, we were not able to register this operation with the Self Management Program of the Ministry of Labour as planned for 2018. As soon as the observations are addressed, and the Ministry releases their report, we will be able to register.
  • Provided an average 34 hours of safety training per worker, representing a total of 91,410 training hours, compared to an average of 27 hours in 2017. The training covered three areas: safety monitoring, rescue training and regulatory technical training.
  • Experienced no fatalities or serious injuries. The common causes of injury in 2018 were related to rock falling in the mine and driving accidents. To help mitigate the rock falling problem, our employees initiated a unique awareness-building campaign (called “Amacize”) – see case study.
  • Strengthened the safety and health module in our induction training program to include greater focus on the “Mexican Norms” (the regulations for health and safety at work) and the key aspects of the Safety Management System. We also introduced a “re-induction program” at the start of each calendar year, to ensure that all workers get an annual refresher in addition to the technical and other safety training they receive each year.
Accidents and Injuries

2019 Priorities

  • Zero fatalities
  • Reduce Reportable Injury Frequency Rate by 10%
  • Pass the first level of the Self Management Safety Program (Programa de Autogestión) from the Ministry of Labour in Bolañitos and Guanaceví
  • Strengthen the cross-over audit process among the operating mines
  • Apply the integrated induction, operating and reporting formats at all sites

Occupational Safety