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.
Global mining companies have responded to requests to give greater disclosure of details relating to their tailings storage facilities (TSFs).
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.
Newcrest Mining has received the final report from the Independent Technical Review Board (ITRB) following the tailings dam embankment slump at its Cadia gold operation in New South Wales last year.
The mining industry suffered a shock when the Brumadinho tailings disaster occurred in Brazil in January. Safe to Work examines the response so far.
The NSW Regulator points to the many risks involved in the operation of conveyors, instability or failure of tailing dams and on the roads and other vehicle operating areas at quarries.