Workforce safety top priority for mining companies, survey says

Keeping workers safe is the top priority for those in the coal, iron ore and copper mining industries, according to a recent survey. Ventryx's annual Mining Executives Insights survey found that workforce safety was the top concern for the 374 mining companies that participated. Thirty-one percent identified safety as the most important issue. Managing capital projects came in second, with 25 percent of the companies identifying it as a top priority.

The survey reveals new trends and shifting attitudes in workforce management of the mining industry. Maximizing effectiveness was identified as the third most-important priority, cited by 21 percent of participants, and 8 percent said ensuring equipment operates reliably and predictably was most important.

Bas Mutsaers, senior vice president of Mining Industry Solutions at Ventyx, said that companies are focusing more on finding qualified workers and making sure their workforce stays efficient, well-informed and safe.

"As companies equip their workforces with new technologies – such as mobility solutions that enable faster access to information, regardless of location – they are finding they can change their traditional approach to training and skill development," he said. "There is definitely an opportunity for mining organizations to leverage emerging technologies to transform how they educate and empower their workers to reduce safety incidents and improve efficiencies. By delivering on-demand information to the point of work, for example, new mobility solutions can reduce the need to train workers for every possible situation while equipping them to make better on-the-spot decisions."

PennEnergy's research area offers details on iron ore mining in the United States.

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