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The objective of KGHM Polska Miedź S.A. is to implement the plan assuming ”zero accidents and injuries due to technical and human-related causes and zero incidence of occupational diseases among our employees and contractors”. In order to realise its vision of the ‘Safe Mine’ the Company implements:

  • Innovative work organisation under which hazards relevant for all jobs will be identified and the workstations will be adequately prepared and equipped in the required technical safety measures; the Company is also planning to implement an early warning system to be able to react proactively to the potential failures and monitor continuously the parameters of the work environment (including periodical assessment of the hazard levels);
  • Educational and training programs – KGHM Polska Miedź S.A. is planning to implement a knowledge management project the purpose of which will be to utilise the potential and experience of employees to enhance the safety standards, develop training events under the programme called ”Knowledge and Skills Mine”, conduct ongoing reviews of the level of safety knowledge in collaboration with the supervisory functions from areas other than Work Safety and Hygiene (in 2012 the total number of work safety training hours was 127 896) and promote the right maintenance culture i.e. servicing the machines and equipment in accordance with the instructions and taking care of their good working order;
  • Health programmes – activities aimed at enhancement of the employees’ physical fitness and compliance with recommendations and psychological workshops for employees involved in dangerous situations;
  • Initiatives facilitating the sharing of best work safety practices, promoting the right responses, not only in emergency conditions but also whenever work safety breaches are observed; and
  • Programmes aimed at improvement of communication effectiveness.


In 2012, a considerable decline in the number of accidents in KGHM Group was observed, however the accidents which occurred where more serious than a year before. In 362 accidents, four persons were killed (versus two in the previous year, although the total number of accidents was higher by 100) and four other accidents involved severe injuries. The important thing is that the system of monitoring safety at work covers also the subcontractors working on the grounds of the Company’s divisions. Our efforts bring tangible outcomes – the total number of lost days due to accidents went down from 25,667 in 2011 to 21,164 in 2012. 302 accidents occurred in mines and the other ones in divisions conducting aboveground operations.


[LA8] KGHM Polska Miedź S.A. has adopted a responsible approach to its employees and already in 2009 entered into a long-term agreement with Miedziowe Centrum Zdrowia S.A. in Lubin for the provision of first psychological and psychiatric aid to persons who were involved in work accidents or near accidents in the divisions of KGHM Polska Miedź S.A. Under the concluded agreement, MCZ S.A. runs a psychological and psychiatric consultation helpline and provides psychological support on the site of the accident, in the period following the accident and during hospitalisation. Psychological assistance is also available to rescue personnel members and families of the accident victims.



Table 12. Accidents in KGHM Polska Miedź S.A.


Numbers of accidents in the Divisions by degree of severity



Table 13. Main reasons of accidents

  Number %
A. Rock fall from undisturbed soil 56 15%
B. Falling objects 34 9%
D. Loss of balance (tripping, sliding) 108 30%
J. Contact, bumping into moving or still objects: 76 21%
Other causes 88 24%
Total: 362  

Table 14. Employees exposed to hazardous work conditions in 2012

  Dust Noise Vibration Hot microclimate Total workforce
Total number 3 525 5 525 402 3 999 17 996
Percentage share 19,6% 30,7% 2,2% 22,2% 100,0%

In order to enhance the safety of its employees, the Company has also undertaken numerous research and development projects, the aim of which is to reduce the exposure of the workforce to hazardous or strenuous work conditions, for instance, projects on mechanisation of mining operations, monitoring of mining machinery or remote control of equipment. Investments in higher safety standards are regularly made, e.g. installation of air conditioning in mines or in underground machinery. As a result of such actions, more and more machines are equipped with additional safety measures, such as life-saving capsule cabins protecting the operator during collapses, rock bursts and roof slides, air conditioning, cameras facilitating driving etc. The Company also invests money in personal protection equipment. The total cost of working and protective equipment in the mines in 2012 amounted to PLN 18.84m (versus PLN 14.2m).


Table 15. Machines in KGHM Polska Miedź S.A. (pcs)

  2012 2011
Number of mining machines at the disposal of the divisions: 1 261 1 289
machines with capsule cabins 126 154
machines equipped with cabin hatches 346 320
air-conditioned machines 346 320
machines with air blown into cabins 104 100
machines with automatic fire extinguishing systems 867 862
machines with a secondary system for extinguishing residual fire 80 55




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KGHM Polska Miedź S.A. is the winner of the Most Attractive Employer title in third edition of the Randstadt Award survey held in Poland. The high employment standards maintained in Poland will be implemented in all KGHM Group companies worldwide.