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HEALTH AND SAFETY STATISTICS - 2021

Ensuring the health and safety of workers is one of the key responsibilities of a trade union.  AMCU places a high emphasis on the topic of health and safety, as our members typically work in hazardous environments like those found in mining, construction, transport, and related sectors.

Our Health and Safety Department is led by our National Chairperson: Health and Safety Desk, Comrade Xolani Bokoloshe, and every AMCU Branch and AMCU Region has a dedicated office-bearer whose portfolio is dedicated to health and safety.

Ensuring the health and safety of workers is one of the key responsibilities of a trade union.  AMCU places a high emphasis on the topic of health and safety, as our members typically work in hazardous environments like those found in mining, construction, transport, and related sectors.

Our Health and Safety Department is led by our National Chairperson: Health and Safety Desk, Comrade Xolani Bokoloshe, and every AMCU Branch and AMCU Region has a dedicated office-bearer whose portfolio is dedicated to health and safety.

National Statistics in South Africa's Mining Sector for 2021: 70 Fatalities and 1881 injuries in total year to date

Statistics by sector

BY SECTOR
FATALITIES ALL WORKERS
INJURIES ALL WORKERS
RUNNING TOTAL
70
1881
Platinum
22
925
Gold
28
635
Coal
10
162
Other
10
159

Statistics by region

BY REGION
FATALITIES ALL WORKERS
INJURIES ALL WORKERS
RUNNING TOTAL
70
1881
Eastern Cape
0
2
Free Sate
10
193
Gauteng
14
367
KZN
1
15
Limpompo
4
89
Mpumalanga
10
163
Northern Cape
6
35
Klerksdorp
4
97
Rustenburg
20
916
Western Cape
1
4

Statistics by classification

CLASSIFICATION*
PERSONS FATALLY INJURED
PERCENTAGE
TOTAL
70
100%
FOG
21
30%
General (Fell from/in)
7
10%
Transportation and Mining (RBE)
5
7%
Miscellaneous
4
6%
Transportation and Mining (TMM)
7
6%
General (Struck by)
3
4%
Heat Exhaustion
3
4%
Machinery
3
4%
General (Drowning)
6
9%
Transportation and Mining (Winches)
2
3%
Electricity
2
3%
General (Squeezed between)
1
1%
General (Crushed between)
1
1%
Fire
1
1%
General (Rolling rock)
1
1%
Explosives
3
4%

* provisional

HEALTH AND SAFETY STATISTICS - 2020

Ensuring the health and safety of workers is one of the key responsibilities of a trade union.  AMCU places a high emphasis on the topic of health and safety, as our members typically work in hazardous environments like those found in mining, construction, transport, and related sectors.

Our Health and Safety Department is led by our National Chairperson: Health and Safety Desk, Comrade Xolani Bokoloshe, and every AMCU Branch and AMCU Region has a dedicated office-bearer whose portfolio is dedicated to health and safety.

Ensuring the health and safety of workers is one of the key responsibilities of a trade union.  AMCU places a high emphasis on the topic of health and safety, as our members typically work in hazardous environments like those found in mining, construction, transport, and related sectors.

Our Health and Safety Department is led by our National Chairperson: Health and Safety Desk, Comrade Xolani Bokoloshe, and every AMCU Branch and AMCU Region has a dedicated office-bearer whose portfolio is dedicated to health and safety.

National Statistics in South Africa's Mining Sector for 2020: 60 Fatalities and 1814 injuries in total were recorded.

Statistics by sector

BY SECTOR
FATALITIES ALL WORKERS
INJURIES ALL WORKERS
RUNNING TOTAL
60
1814
Platinum
16
782
Gold
26
620
Coal
11
146
Other
7
266

Statistics by region

BY REGION
FATALITIES ALL WORKERS
INJURIES ALL WORKERS
RUNNING TOTAL
60
1814
Eastern Cape
0
4
Free Sate
8
196
Gauteng
14
355
KZN
1
19
Limpompo
8
131
Mpumalanga
11
156
Northern Cape
2
89
Klerksdorp
4
95
Rustenburg
12
754
Western Cape
0
45

Statistics by classification

CLASSIFICATION*
PERSONS FATALLY INJURED
PERCENTAGE
TOTAL
60
100%
FOG
22
37%
General (Fell from/in)
4
7%
Transportation and Mining (TMM)
4
7%
Conveyance (struck by kibble)
3
5%
Transportation and Mining (Winch)
3
5%
General (Explosion)
3
5%
Machinery (Conveyors, Equipment)
3
5%
General (Slip and fall)
3
5%
Transportation and Mining (RBE)
2
3%
General (Fall of material)
2
3%
Miscellaneous
2
3%
General (Struck by)
1
2%
General (Inundation)
1
2%
Explosives
1
2%
General (Explosion – Methane)
1
2%
Transportation and Mining (Other)
1
2%
General (Gassing)
1
2%
Electricity (Extra high pressure)
1
2%
General (Rolling material)
1
2%
Heat Exhaustion
1
2%

* provisional

HEALTH AND SAFETY STATISTICS - 2019

The health and safety situation in South Africa requires a bold State that will hold businesses accountable for their operations.

Campaigns without radical policies and legislations will not curtail the growing negligence that is abundant in the industry. Sterner legislation, which will consider criminal prosecution for homicidal management behaviour needs to be considered.

There is also a need to reconfigure the South African economy and prioritise investment in prevention rather than cure.

Preventative measures need to include investment in technology for health and safety. Companies need to dedicate a percentage of their turnover for re-investment in Health and Safety interventions.

National Statistics in South Africa's Mining Sector for 2019: 51 Fatalities and 2402 injuries in total were recorded.

Statistics by sector

BY SECTOR
FATALITIES ALL WORKERS
INJURIES ALL WORKERS
RUNNING TOTAL
51
2406
Platinum
20
1151
Gold
18
732
Coal
7
224
Other
6
299

Statistics by region

BY REGION
FATALITIES ALL WORKERS
INJURIES ALL WORKERS
RUNNING TOTAL
51
2407
Eastern Cape
0
1
Free Sate
5
216
Gauteng
7
384
KZN
1
30
Limpompo
4
163
Mpumalanga
8
223
Northern Cape
1
87
Klerksdorp
5
164
Rustenburg
20
1127
Western Cape
0
12

Statistics by classification

CLASSIFICATION*
PERSONS FATALLY INJURED
PERCENTAGE
TOTAL
51
100%
FOG
20
33%
TMM
10
21%
Transportation and Mining (RBE)
5
9%
Electricity
3
6%
Transportation and Mining (TMM)
3
6%
Miscellaneous
1
2%
Explosives
2
4%
General (Slip and fall)
2
4%
General (Fell in)
1
2%
General (Rolling rock)
1
2%
Conveyance
1
2%
General (Fell from)
1
2%
General (Rolling rock)
1
2%

* provisional

HEALTH AND SAFETY STATISTICS - 2018

The health and safety situation in South Africa requires a bold State that will hold businesses accountable for their operations.

Campaigns without radical policies and legislations will not curtail the growing negligence that is abundant in the industry. Sterner legislation, which will consider criminal prosecution for homicidal management behaviour needs to be considered.

There is also a need to reconfigure the South African economy and prioritise investment in prevention rather than cure.

Preventative measures need to include investment in technology for health and safety. Companies need to dedicate a percentage of their turnover for re-investment in Health and Safety interventions.

National statistics in South Africa’s Mining Sector for 2018: 82 fatalities and 2 268 injuries in total were recorded.

Statistics by sector

BY SECTOR
FATALITIES ALL WORKERS
INJURIES ALL WORKERS
RUNNING TOTAL
82
2269
Platinum
12
1003
Gold
40
823
Coal
9
149
Other
21
294

Statistics by region

BY REGION
FATALITIES ALL WORKERS
INJURIES ALL WORKERS
RUNNING TOTAL
82
2268
Eastern Cape
0
3
Free Sate
9
237
Gauteng
25
465
KZN
0
18
Limpompo
10
168
Mpumalanga
9
139
Northern Cape
3
76
Klerksdorp
8
148
Rustenburg
15
989
Western Cape
3
25

Statistics by classification

CLASSIFICATION*
PERSONS FATALLY INJURED
PERCENTAGE
TOTAL
82
100%
FOG
30
37%
Miscellaneous
10
12%
Transportation and Mining (TMM)
10
12%
General (Overcome by gas)
7
9%
Transportation and Mining (Winches)
5
6%
General (Slip and fall)
5
5%
General (Struck by)
3
4%
General (Falling in)
3
4%
Transportation and Mining (RBE)
3
4%
General (Drowning)
2
2%
General (Inundation)
1
1%
General (Mudrush)
1
1%
Electricity
1
1%
Explosives
1
1%
General (Burning and Scalding)
1
1%

* provisional