2019 MINE HEALTH AND SAFETY STATISTICS PUBLISHED
The Department of Mineral Resources (the “DMR”) released the Mine Health and Safety Statistics (“safety statistics”) for 2019 on 24 January 2019.
In summary the safety statistics show that:
- 51 fatalities were reported – a decrease of 37% from 2018;
- 2406 injuries were reported – 41 less than in 2018;
- 47 medical deaths due to occupational disease were reported – an increase of 2.46%; and
- 3458 occupational diseases were reported – a decrease of 22.86%
The Minister of Mineral Resources indicated in his media statement that it is encouraging that there is a downward trend in occupational diseases, injuries and fatalities. The Minister however warned that historical data on mine accidents has revealed that most occupational fatalities reported occur during the first quarter of the calendar year. The Minister urged employers and employees to work safely and apply zero tolerance on sub-standard work and conditions and warned that Inspectors from the Department will intensify the monitoring and enforcement of the law through inspections and audits.
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- Development and implementation of occupational health and safety management systems (ISO 45001)
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- HSE strategy development
- HSE Audits
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