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miner thumb medium90 104Mining Weekly reports that stakeholders who attended MineSafe 2021 on 25 November recommitted themselves to working towards the elimination of fatalities, injuries and occupational diseases on SA’s mines in pursuit of Zero Harm and to ensure each employee returned from work unharmed every day.

The urgency of interventions to address health and safety and, more specifically, the continued loss of life of employees in the mining sector cannot be understated, Minerals Council SA said in a statement on Monday. It noted, with concern, the deaths of 69 people so far this year, compared with 48 in the same period last year. This is the second consecutive year of regression in fatalities and the industry’s stakeholders have committed to urgently address the “unacceptable situation”. In 2020, the total number of fatalities was 60, up from the lowest number on record, of 51, in 2019. To achieve a step change towards transforming health and safety in the mining sector, stakeholders from the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy, the Minerals Council, organised labour, suppliers’ organisations, professional associations, the Mine Health and Safety Council and Mining Qualifications Authority have committed to taking full accountability in addressing the challenges besetting the mining sector. Work is already under way to address falls-of-ground and transport-related accidents which are the leading causes of fatalities.

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