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.
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.
Tech start-up Otus has developed a system that can monitor potential safety issues at mine site tailings dams.
The tailings dam collapse last month at Vale’s Córrego de Feijão iron ore mine in Brazil that killed an estimated 300 people has caused a ripple effect across the global mining industry, prompting response from various Tier 1 mining companies.
Brazilian iron ore major Vale’s latest tailings dam disaster at the Córrego de Feijão mine near Brumadinho in Minas Gerais has placed a spotlight on the importance of tailings dam safety.
The Responsible Mining Index (RMI) 2018 assessment has found that many large-scale miners have introduced innovative practices and engaged with partners on responsible mining.