Mining Health and Safety

Anthony Coutinho from the Department of Mineral Resources gives expert insights into mining health and safety.

Anthony Coutinho will be addressing health & safety challenges faced by the mining industry at the 3rd Global Health and Safety Forum in Mining on 16-17 September at the Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel, Sandton Johannesburg

Mining companies recognise the inherent value of its human resource in the mining profession and have been stressing on the need for improved health and safety facilities for its employees. With the emergance of smallscale operations in South Africa, the workplace fatality rate of these mines is up to 90 times higher than that for mines in industrialised countries (report by ILO). In the quest to achieve zero harm, mining companies have been looking to foster a culture that will drive organisations towards safer practices at mines. The key for this lies in anticipating the problems faced by miners and responding to them to make sure that these accidents are prevented.

Anthony Coutinho, Director – Mine Safety from the Department of Mineral Resources, South Africa says that the main challenge faced by the mining industry with respect to health and safety of its employees is the “battle that the employers have in balancing cost-effective production with eliminating the health and safety risks that face the industry.” In terms of the South African mining industry, Mr Coutinho believes that the country is on its way to putting in place the legislation in order to reduce health and safety risks to  miners.

To shed more light on this, Anthony Coutinho will be speaking at the 3rd Global Health and Safety Forum in Mining, taking place on 16-17 September 2013 at the Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel, Sandton Johannesburg, South Africa. He will also share his insights into the application of health and safety policies to the global mining industry. This forum will also feature presentations from Philip Stephenson, Newmont Mining, VP Health Safety Loss Prevention & Security, US; Brian Chicksen, AngloGold Ashanti, VP Safety, South Africa; Catharina Nordeman, Boliden Group, Director Sustainability, Sweden among many others.

This conference will be attended by the decision makers from global mining companies and will provide two days of industryspecific information along with the opportunity to network and exchange business ideas with the corporate leaders of themining industry.

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