LONDON, UK – The International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) has for the first time published aggregated safety data from its 22 member companies for 2012 and 2013. Because reporting safety varies depending on where an operation resides and by differing definitions, the data in the new report is not fully comparable. The ICMM is addressing this limitation, and in the meantime has presented the trends it could identify in Health and safety performance indicators.
Despite the commitment of ICMM and its members to safety, the number of fatalities was virtually unchanged in 2012 and 2013 with 90 and 91, respectively. Twenty-eight of the 2013 deaths occurred at the same time in an Indonesian mine, an event unprecedented in over 40 years.
The number of recordable injuries did go down to 11,604 in 2013 from 13,873 in 2012. That is a drop of 16%. The same incident in Indonesia injured 10 additional workers.
The ICMM points out that there is no correlation in this period between injury reduction and deaths.
ICMM president Anthony Hodge said, “Being able to measure our progress and share lessons learned about how we can ensure that working conditions are safer, is key to reducing fatalities and injuries. If we aren’t learning, we will never turn this around. Sharing the data presented in this report is an important step in that learning.”
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