For the vast majority of mining companies, the health and safety of their workforce is paramount and the concept of employee safety is enshrined in corporate culture.
For those miners operating in emerging markets, the risks to employees and contractors are even more complex. The mine site can be at some distance from high standard medical facilities, local workforces need to be trained and the culture of safety imparted, and securing a social licence to operate is essential.
However, the economic impact of low commodity prices has created conditions in which the risks to people – a mining company’s employees and contractors of both expatriate and local status – will increase.
In this environment, miners need to reassess how this translates to heightened security challenges and put strategies in place to mitigate these risks.
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