Roadmap for reducing accidents in the Swedish mining industry

Reference number
Coordinator Luleå tekniska universitet - Avd. för Arbetsvetenskap
Funding from Vinnova SEK 500 000
Project duration September 2016 - February 2017
Status Completed
Venture The strategic innovation programme for mining and metal recovery – STRIM

Purpose and goal

The pre-study investigated the accident development and safety initiatives in two Swedish mining company during the last 30 years. We also studied the accident trend in general for the Swedish mining industry. The pre-study suggests future research for further reducing the accident rate, i.e. to create a roadmap for the future.

Expected results and effects

The results show that the accident rate within the Swedish mining industry has dropped significantly over the last 30 years and that this is usually attributed to extensive changes in technology, requirements for systematic safety management and new forms of organization. This applies to both companies investigated. The industry is still in need of evaluation of the relative impact of these changes as well as how the different factors have influenced each other.

Planned approach and implementation

We divided the study into four parts. In the first part, we outlined the previous research on accidents and safety indicators. The second part examined the available statistics. The third contained an interview study with representatives from two Swedish mining company and focused on the changes that may have contributed to the decline in the accident rate. In the fourth, we analyzed the results and made suggestions on the focus areas suitable for the main study.

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Last updated 25 November 2019

Reference number 2016-02600

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