The mining and metals industry has not succeeded in having a fatality-free year, International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) manager of health and safety Mark Holmes warns.
Australia’s minerals industry has committed to the safe and responsible management of tailings storage facilities through the release of the Australian Mining Tailings Communique.
Recent high-profile tailings dam failures are threatening the mining industry’s control of its destiny, according to the director of the geotechnical engineering centre at the University of Queensland, David Williams.
The mining industry suffered a shock when the Brumadinho tailings disaster occurred in Brazil in January. Safe to Work examines the response so far.
Iron ore miner Vale said external auditors have refused to renew stability certificates for its 13 dams and four dikes in Brazil following another tailings dam collapse at its Brumadinho mine in Minas Gerais in January this year.