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The International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) has released its annual safety data report on its 23 member companies.

Six ICMM member companies recorded no fatalities for the year and there was a decrease in the number of incidents resulting in fatalities. However, there was in increase in the total number of fatalities from 60 in 2015 to 63 in 2916.

There was a decrease in the number of recordable injuries, from 10 494 to 8 445.

All of the data is set against a lower number of hours worked in 2016, which fell by 11% over the previous year. In order to accurately measure the frequency of fatalities and injuries, the report measures their occurrence per million hours worked.

The fatality rate for 2016 was 0.032 in 2016, an increase over the 2015 figure of 0.027, while the rate of injuries was reduced from 4.70 to 4.26 injuries per million hours worked.

[quote]“ICMM and its members are committed to reduce mining fatalities to zero. Tragically, there were three more fatalities last year than in 2015, notwithstanding fewer hours worked overall,” says ICMM CEO, Tom Butler.

“Member companies are not complacent and are at the forefront of improving safety, but there is still much more work to be done. ICMM will continue to collect and analyse safety data so we can learn and understand how to make mining safer.”

The report findings indicate that nearly half of fatalities 31 were due to fall-of-ground in underground mines and that there was a 9.36% reduction in recorded injuries per million hours worked.

The report also examines incidents by country and found that 24 of the 63 fatalities occurred in South Africa, seven in Chile and seven in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Aiming for zero fatalities through collaboration

The report concludes that the mining industry must continue its collaborative efforts to eliminate all fatalities and that ICMM’s work on critical control management is a key strategy to reach this goal.

Taking a collective approach allows members to make greater progress than if they tackled the issue individually. ICMM’s member companies have worked together to develop good practice guidance on critical control management which is being adopted widely across the industry.

The management of critical controls is founded on the principle that not all controls are crucial. Companies should therefore focus on systematically identifying, assessing, implementing and evaluating those controls that are essential to the prevention of fatal or catastrophic events.

ICMM’s member companies are continuing to embed critical control management into their day-to-day operations.

While the fatality and injury rates serve as backward-looking indicators, critical control management potentially offers leading indicators on the health and safety status of an organisation. This means being able to monitor real-time performance and respond accordingly.

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