Work environment issues and safety efforts come before everything else at LKAB. The most common accidents that occur below ground and above are of a kind not specific to LKAB’s operations.
Someone slips and twists an ankle, squashes a finger in a door, walks into a cable ladder, slips with a spanner, more or less everything that might happen at any industrial workplace you care to mention.
Mines are full of risky working environments, but are no more dangerous than any other industrial workplace if the safety regulations are followed. LKAB invests heavily in obligatory training and information on how to make safety a natural part of daily working life. The goal is to raise awareness, change attitudes and risky behaviour and to create a safety culture whose long-term aim is for zero accidents.
In addition to the general risks associated with heavy industry, LKAB also has rock movements to contend with, so for safety’s sake the company carries out comprehensive rock reinforcement in the mines.