Xstrata Zinc Case Study

Since the 1980s, the mine has made significant strides in safety performance, for instance reducing recordable injuries from 450 per year to 90 per year in 1997. By the mid to late 2000s, however, these gains had begun to plateau just as new challenges to safety performance were beginning to emerge. In addition to near-constant changes in exposures and the everpresent need to maintain employee engagement, the mine was now seeing high levels of employee turnover. An increasing gap developed between the experienced but aging workforce and the new employees coming up behind them who lacked experience in mining and its exposures.
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