Mining Fatalities Drop 2% in 2018
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(Kitco News) - Fifty mining fatalities occurred worldwide last year, according to a report released by International Council on Mining and Metals last week.
"ICMM regrets to report that 50 fatalities occurred across its company members in 2018. This represents a 2 per cent decrease from 2017 when there were 51 fatalities," said the authors of the report.
"There were three incidents which resulted in more than one fatality, which is an increase from two incidents in 2017. This year's data also sees a 3 per cent increase in the number of total recordable injuries from 7,515 in 2017 to 7,755 in 2018."
The country with the highest number of fatalities was South Africa, with 28% of total fatalities. The country with the highest fatality frequency rate was Hungary, followed by Ghana. The U.S.A. and Canada had fatality frequency rates in the low single digits.
Most fatalities were attributed to the operation of mobile equipment followed by falling ground.