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South Africa ranks top in mining fatalities globally

South Africa ranks top in mining fatalities globally

South Africa has ranked top with highest mining fatalities rate. This is according to latest safety performance report  by the the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) who observed the country accounts for 50% of all fatalities globally.

The council on June its 2020 safety performance report for the global mining industry, finding that 44 occupational fatalities occurred in 2020. This compares with 287 fatalities in 2019 and 50 fatalities in 2018. The 2019 figure included the 250 lives lost in the Brumadinho talings dam collapse, in Brazil.

High-stress mines

Last year, 12 fatalities were caused by fall-of-ground incidents, while eight were related to mobile equipment and transportation accidents. South Africa recorded 22 fatalities from 422-million hours worked. The council explained that injury from fall-of-ground incidents is the most common occupational injury in the South African mining industry, owing to the prevalence of deep, high-stress mines in the country.

ICMM CEO Rohitesh Dawan has called for strong leadership, an embedded zero fatalities mindset and thorough risk assessments to be undertaken. The ICMM has since 2012 been measuring and disclosing the safety performance of its company members. This bench marking report aims to catalyse learning across the industry and transparently show where members are in respect of their fatality elimination goals.

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