The Science Behind Workplace Safety


The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics rated mining as the 10th most dangerous job in the world in 2013, after other high-fatality trades such as roofing, piloting and professional fishing. Surprisingly, for mining, this is actually good news; after ranking for many years as the most deadly profession, tougher regulations and safety standards in many countries have helped the mining industry improve its safety performance. However, particularly in countries with lower safety standards, there are still far too many mining fatalities. Industry executives wrestle with the heartbreaking challenge that, far too often, accident victims include experienced workers well trained in the risks, rules and safe practices.

DuPont Sustainable Solutions (DSS) collaborates with companies in high-hazard industries, such as mining, oil and gas, and petrochemicals, by sharing practical, real-world experience and best practices to help improve their safety, productivity and environmental management systems. As seen in the mini-documentary, “Mining for Safety,” the employees of the Anglo American mining company’s nickel mine in Barro Alto, Brazil, were part of a collaborative effort with DSS to improve workplace safety – at every level, in every process.

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