SAFETY FOR MINING COMPANIES: ASPIRING TO A WORLD OF ZERO INCIDENTS WITH SMARTER SAFETY
The term “cost” is too small when describing the destructive power of safety incidents for mining companies. Breaches in employee or environmental safety are felt way beyond the bottom-line: human life can be taken; ecosystems tarnished; the ire of peoples, media and government inflamed; significant halting of production; and high levels of legal and financial challenges. According to a recent survey of Mining executives, “ensuring workforce safety” was the most important issues identified above any other, with a plurality of 31 percent, reigning above capital projects, product efficiency, and equipment reliability. We accept that safety is a most paramount issue, yet for many reasons we keep approaching the problem the same way we have in the past. We need to stop doing the same things decade over decade and try something new.
Safety; Data; Technology; Information; mining; Systems; Training; Change; Production;