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MineralsCouncilSAMining Weekly reports that Minerals Council SA (MCSA) member companies have agreed and committed to implement eight measures immediately to urgently address and halt the number of fatalities at SA’s mines.

By 13 December this year, 72 people had died on SA’s mines compared with 52 in the same period last year. This is the second consecutive year of regression in safety after the industry recorded 60 fatalities in 2020 compared with 51 in 2019, which was the industry’s lowest number of fatalities. The MCSA board, comprising 29 CEOs of mining companies, convened an urgent meeting last week to agree on short-term measures that member companies would adopt and implement immediately to prevent further fatal incidents. The eight interventions included increased visible-felt leadership presence at mining operations; stopping unauthorised and uncontrolled access to old mining areas that were not routinely mined; and effectively and rigorously conducting risk assessments and implementing controls where work in previously mined areas was routinely undertaken. In addition, the CEOs committed to quality and scheduled maintenance programmes instead of opportunistic and ad hoc maintenance arising from production pressures; deploying competent and skilled employees in areas of high-risk work to provide adequate supervision, oversight and risk assessment of that work; and undertaking quality and scheduled critical-controls monitoring and assurances to prevent falls of ground (FOG), transport-related accidents and inundation of working areas. Ensuring that incentives and bonuses for miners did not compromise their rights to stop or refuse unsafe work; implementing sufficient fatigue breaks; and monitoring and conducting phased on-boarding after the holiday period of employees to ensure they were in sound physical and mental health, were also among the commitments made.

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