Joel Lööw

Technology, work environment and the mining industry

30 December 2018

A new project: STRIM SAFE

A while ago I held a short presentation on a new project of ours: STRIM SAFE (Strategies and Indicators for Mine Safety). I thought I’d summarise some of the main points here.

Magnus Nygren, Jan Johansson and I conduct the project together with our project partners:1

During the last 30 years the mining industry, both nationally and internationally, have seen a significant improvement in number of accidents. Compared to eg the 1980s, the situation in the mining industry is very different.

Specifically, two observations motivate the study. First, we haven’t been able to find any study that more concretely investigates what mining companies have done to decrease the number of accidents in the industry. Second, the rate of improvement with regards to the accident frequency rate has tapered off as of late. In other words there is a need to find out what has worked in the past and to spread this knowledge throughout the industry, so that the mining industry can continue to work towards its “zero vision”.

To do this, we want to look at the good example and learn from these, asking “What has been done historically to reduce the number of accidents? What can we learn from this?” Based on this we want to develop strategies and indicators that can contribute to making the mining industry safer and more attractive.

The project has three main focus areas. The first aims to make a quantitative mapping of national and international mining companies to find the good examples. We do this by looking at statistics, work environment policies, safety programmes and surveys.

Having identified the good examples this way, we proceed to the second step in which we qualitatively investigate these examples. We will conduct field studies at the mines, workplaces where there has been important improvements, hoping to determine what has been behind the improvement. This we aim to synthesise into strategies and indicators.

The third step is continuously sharing and validating the results with the projects partners, finding ways of putting the knowledge to use.

We started the project this autumn. So far we haven’t got that much to report, but we hope to be able to share some results in February. We have launched a website where we will share preliminary results and our research process – hopefully getting feedback along the way.

Notes

This post is based on a Swedish post published 27 September 2018.

  1. Other companies and organisations are also involved, but the seven below are those included in the project application. 

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