Helping Mining Superintendents Become Effective Safety Coaches

Mining superintendents are ideally positioned to drive safety performance. Their position between senior executives who desire to protect employees and frontline workers who value their personal safety, puts them at the heart of organizational goals and day-to-day work realities. It is here, at the intersection of theory and practice, that many good intentions get lost in safety’s "Bermuda Triangle."
This paper offers a discussion of the practical solutions for building safety leadership in mining superintendents, with an emphasis on the what, when, and how of effective safety coaching. We examine:
  • The key attributes of successful safety superintendents
  • How superintendents can be effective safety coaches
  • The five critical areas superintendents should focus on
  • How superintendents can leverage transformational leadership to drive change