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September 2014
Volume 66    Issue 9

Mining your data for better safety; How to get global operations on the same page

Mining Engineering, 2014, Vol. 66, No. 9, pp. 56-56
Savit, Josh; Savit, Mark


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Currently, the challenges for the mining industry in regard to safety are growing as company’s footprints expand. Since Aug. 5, 2010, the day of the tunnel collapse at the San Jose Mine in Chile that trapped 33 miners for 69 days, there is not an incident at a mine around the world that does not go unreported.

As a result, countries such as Chile and Peru are bulking up their regulatory regimes in order to avoid the global scrutiny that inevitably follows any incident. In Chile, for instance, the cost of a fine may not be as high as it is in the United States, but the subsequent cost of interrupting operations while any mandated fixes are made, could well exceed the costs of even the most severe monetary penalties. Chile has begun to levy some of the biggest fines in history for environmental infractions, and it is only a matter of time before the country takes the same attitude toward safety and compliance issues. 



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