Input was given by international experts such as Dr. Jens Jühling, ISSA Electricity, on the new guideline on electric arcs, Karl-Heinz Noetel on protection against falls from height and Norbert Weis, ISSA Machine and System Safety, on the keys to success in small enterprises, as well as Christian Schenk, AUVA Austria on risk assessment.
Less than two years ago, the whole world looked to Copiapó, just a good 500 miles north from the workshop’s venue. "Los 33" – 33 miners of the San José copper–gold mine – had been rescued after being trapped for 69 days following a cave-in. The whole world took part in this mission, and the happy ending could be reached because of international cooperation. Until then, it seems we haven’t seen many international headlines on mining accidents anymore. Was Copiapó a unique event then? Unfortunately it was not.
Over 330 million accidents at work happen world wide every year, only counting those leading to more than four days absence. More than 350,000 end fatal. Two million people more die every year due to work-related diseases. To sum this up: around 2.4 million people die every year because of work conditions. That is a fatality every 15 seconds on average!
Mining can be made safer. It is not over ambitioned to discuss cutting mining accidents in half within ten years, if all stakeholders work together and if CEO´s, employers and all managers accept their responsibility on this important subject.
ISSA Mining has defined the “Seven Golden Rules for Safe Mining” and is open to anyone who wants to improve mine safety, whether it is operators, suppliers, ministries or labour inspection authorities. ISSA Mining is a non-profit and non-commercial worldwide network, spanning four decades of experience in safety and health in mining. During the last years, we have been able to cooperate with reliable partners strongly supporting this aim. Our experts look back on plenty of years on experience in mine safety, and are open to share their knowledge free of charge.