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implatsheadgear smlBusinessLive reports that according to the mine health and safety inspectorate’s 2016-17 annual report tabled in Parliament on Monday, there has been no improvement in mine fatality rates from 2014 to 2016.  

The report showed the fatality rate per million hours worked was 0.08 in 2016, the same rate as in the two previous years.  Solidarity’s deputy general secretary for health and safety, Paul Mardon, said the 2017 figures were likely to be worse, as it has so far been a particularly difficult year for the industry.  Mine owners were distracted by the challenges posed by the Mining Charter, production pressures and retrenchments, and were not prioritising the health and safety of workers, he said.  "There should be an extra effort in health and safety, but it’s not happening," Mardon noted.  Rockfalls and falls of ground killed 24 workers (33% of all fatalities) in 2016.  Machinery and transportation was the second leading cause of death, responsible for 23 fatalities in 2016.  The report shows the overall injury rate fell 4% year-on-year, with a 6% drop in the gold mining industry and an 8% drop in platinum mines.

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