Mining fatalities rise in 1999-2000

LITTLE evidence of a real reduction in the risk of fatalities in the mining industry is one of the main conclusions of a Minerals Council of Australia report on safety and health in mining. Lost time injuries, however, continue to decline.

The Safety & Health Performance Report of the Australian Minerals Industry 1999-2000 recorded 18 fatalities in the minerals industry in 1999-2000, almost double the 10 deaths recorded the previous