Given the inherently high-risk profile of mining and recognising that our people are our most valuable asset, ensuring employee safety is a key measure for our corporate success.


How We Measure Our Performance

Number of Fatalities
Lost time injury frequency rate
Accident Severity Index


Hochschild Safety 2.0

The second iteration of our multi-faceted plan to embed a safety-first culture across the Group.


Health, safety and wellbeing focus areas

Systematically Managing Risks

Managing health and safety risks is at the centre of our approach to safety and is underpinned by our Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems. This management system follows best practice, in line with recognised international practices, and is externally certified to ensure compliance amongst mining units.

In 2021, our Health and Safety Management Systems operating at all units achieved Level 7  Certification by DNV (level 6 in 2020). There are 10 levels and we are aiming to reach the next level in 2022.

Investigating and Learning

Since 2017, we have been monitoring the occurrence of High Potential Events (HPEs). HPEs are events which could have caused serious injury and encompass near misses as well as lost time events. Each time an HPE occurs, our CEO convenes a meeting with the Vice Presidents of Operations and Human Resources, the country managers as well as site managers and the corporate safety team. The site leader where the HPE occurred presents the investigation and the Committee feeds into the root cause analysis and proposed action plan. The lessons learnt are then conveyed by site managers at other operations to their respective units.

Prepared for Covid 19

Throughout 2021, we continued to protect our people from the ongoing impacts of the pandemic. We provided ongoing reinforcement of responsible behaviours at the mine sites and administrative offices. We also co-ordinated with regional and local authorities to roll out vaccination campaigns at our Peruvian sites.

Our objective is to continue to manage and mitigate the ongoing risks associated with the Covid-19 pandemic throughout our operations. A Covid-19 crisis committee has been established with responsibility to formulate, execute, and evaluate and development of, and compliance with, our protocol.

Health and Safety Indicators

Indicator 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012
Fatal accidents 2 1 0 3 4 0 0 0 2 4
Accidents leading to an absence of one day or more 22 19 20 35 55 47 42* 76* 49 81
LTIFR1 1.26 1.38 1.05 1.74 2.69 2.2 1.85* 3.07* 2.08 3.33
Accident Severity Index2 676 474 54 930 1,264 136 112 149 598 1,058
Accidentability rate3 0.85 0.65 0.06 1.62 3.4 0.3 0.21 0.46 1.24 3.52

* Includes accidents and injuries reported by the Main Contractor and Subcontractors at the Inmaculada Project.
1 Calculated as total number of accidents per million labour hours.   
2 Calculated as total number of days lost per million labour hours.   
3 Calculated as LTIFR x accident severity divided by 1,000. 

Indicator 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012
Average number of medical attendances at Peruvian operations and at San José per month 33,233 2,478 2,973 3,498 3,449 4,323 3,964 4,695 2,614 3,376
Average number of work-related incidents requiring medical attention at Peruvian operations and at San José per month 77 8 11 13 14 21 22 23 14 18
Average number of occupational health examinations at the Group’s Peruvian operations 121 112** 553 487 433 367 283* 507 475 441

* The number of occupational health examinations decreased due to the conclusion of construction of the Inmaculada project
**The Covid pandemic resulted in the implementation of emergency measures by the Peruvian Government which prevented health examinations from being carried out for most of the year