58 women die in mines this year

Pretoria News Weekend - - NEWS - SIPHELELE DLUDLA

THE min­ing in­dus­try yes­ter­day con­firmed that 58 women had died in South African mines to date this year com­pared with 51 dur­ing the same pe­riod last year.

The fig­ure was con­firmed dur­ing the launch of the na­tional day of health and safety 2018 as part of its recom­mit­ment to the shared goal of Zero Harm cam­paign and en­sur­ing that all em­ploy­ees can go to work in the knowl­edge that they will re­turn home ev­ery day un­harmed.

Roger Bax­ter, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Min­er­als Coun­cil South Africa, said the de­te­ri­o­ra­tion in safety per­for­mance was un­ac­cept­able. The in­dus­try was still fac­ing se­ri­ous safety prob­lems de­spite an 88% im­prove­ment in fa­tal­ity rates be­tween 1993 and 2016.

“We recognise that much more still needs to be done and the Min­er­als Coun­cil and its mem­bers ac­knowl­edge our re­spon­si­bil­ity to do all we can to achieve our shared goal of Zero Harm. We ask all in­dus­try stake­hold­ers to share in our com­mit­ment to safety and health, first, al­ways and ev­ery day,” Bax­ter said.

“For us, this recom­mit­ment and reaf­fir­ma­tion is much more than the ded­i­ca­tion of a sin­gle day to health and safety. In­her­ently, it is about care and re­spect for peo­ple. The ul­ti­mate goal of this ini­tia­tive is to re­mind each and ev­ery com­pany, man­ager and em­ployee that the safety and health of em­ploy­ees is the up­per­most pri­or­ity for this in­dus­try.”

Bax­ter said that over the next month 66 mem­bers of the Min­er­als Coun­cil will be host­ing safety and health days at each of their oper­a­tions to recom­mit and reaf­firm the in­dus­try’s com­mit­ment. – African News Agency (ANA)

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