As a global leader in coal production, Drummond excavates over 250 million cubic meters of waste and ships more than 30 million metric tons of coal annually. Our mining concessions in Colombia control reserves of more than 1.5 billion metric tons. In addition to coal mining, Drummond is the largest foundry coke producer in the U.S. and is well known in the foundry industry for superior products and reliability of supply.
In our mining, rail and port operations in Colombia (South America), we have a direct workforce of more than 5,900 employees and direct contractor employment of 5,300 jobs. This group worked over 30 million man-hours in 2021. Every day, at every level of the company, we are committed to our employees, our customers, the communities, and the environment. It is our goal to provide every employee with the very best in safety, equipment, training and supervision.
For Drummond, safety is more than complying with legal requirements; it’s a responsibility that we have acquired to ensure that every worker returns home safely every day. Because of this, we also consider safety as a business strategy, it is essential for the sustainability of our company.
People As Key Factor To Develop A Safety Culture
Since 2012, we began with a forceful strategy called Safety Based on Being, to strengthen selfcare and awareness in all workers, to assume greater responsibility for their own safety as well as their coworker’s. As part of this strategy, we established a competences model that each supervisor had to meet, including characteristics such as leadership that promotes trust; leadership with the ability to influence; effective communication; the ability to learn and teach others; and teamwork.
In addition, we incorporate spaces for dialogue to strengthen the leaders’ role through Safety Coaching sessions, pursuing the involvement of all workers. This environment creates a continuous improvement cycle to strengthen safe job procedures and practices. At the start, we decided to organize our safety program as a Certified Safety and Health Management System. We currently are certify under the ISO 45001:2018 standard through LRQA (Lloyd's Register)
Safety Culture Assessment
In 2017, we continued reinforcing the development of our Safety Culture and we carried out a Safety Culture Assessment with the support of an expert external consultant, obtaining the four (4) strategic lines that we are currently developing to achieve an interdependent culture: