THE Papua New Guinea Mining Industry recorded a fatality free 2017 in terms of safety standards, according to the Mineral Resources Authority (MRA).

This means that the Fatality Frequency Rate (FFR) was zero and that there was no loss of lives in 2017 in any of the regulated mining projects in the country. This is a record that has never been achieved since 2008.

Records show that the FFR started decreasing since 2008 from the highest of 0.43. Between 2008 and 2009, there was a sharp decrease in the rate from 0.43 to 0.20. Despite slight increases in between the years subsequent to 2009, the most significant milestone was the fact that there were no fatalities in 2017.

“This is a huge achievement for the MRA and the mining industry,” said Chief Inspector of Mines Lave Michael.

Mr Michael said this was a significant achievement considering the fact that in 2017 there were a total of 17, 417 workers directly employed by mining companies, who worked for about 52 million hours.

Mr Michael explained that this scenario would normally expose workers to high safety risks because of the high number of people working longer hours. However, there were no fatalities last year.

 Minerals for Life

He said comparatively in 2016 a total of 15, 479 direct employees of mines, worked at mines and clocked in an estimated 44 million hours. Two fatalities were recorded.

Mr Michael said in comparison to mining industries in developed countries, Australia and the United States of America recorded 0.01 and 0.05 respectively while PNG recorded nil fatalities.

This apart, the Serious Injuries Frequency Rate drastically decreased by almost 50%.

“This is not the norm. You hardly see this anywhere in the world. We are very proud of this achievement,” said the Acting Managing Director of the MRA Nathan Mosusu.

Mr Mosusu said these outcomes are results of the efforts of the MRA and the industry working tirelessly towards reaching our common goal of ‘Zero Harm’ to all person(s) employed on our mine sites. Finding new ways to improve and better manage workplace risks is not always easy, but these achievements show that we can accomplish excellent outcomes when all stakeholders are committed working together

“I would like to extend my sincere appreciation to the mining industry for the many safety improvement programs that have been developed and progressed to date.”

Mr Mosusu commended MRA’s inspectors for their professionalism, hard work and commitment in protecting the lives of thousands of mine workers who contribute significantly to the country’s economy every year.