Safety for our employees is one of LKAB's top priorities. To reinforce our safety culture, we are conducting systematic work through the Group-wide Safety First programme.
The most common accidents within LKAB are types that are not specific to mining operations: a person slipping and spraining their ankle, getting caught in a hatch, running into a cable ladder, slipping with an adjustable wrench – just about anything that can happen at any industrial workplace.
We are convinced that all accidents can be avoided by creating a safety culture where all employees look after safety and put the safety issue at the top of the agenda. Nobody should be injured at work.
Training prevents accidents
Safety training is a central element when introducing new employees as well as suppliers and subcontractors. Anyone who works within LKAB's area must have completed approved training before they are able to access the industrial site.
Working safely and always putting safety first is a requirement for employment and assignments at LKAB.
The initiatives aimed at a safer and more secure LKAB have produced results. The number of accidents within mining is continuing to fall and the long-term trend is moving in the right direction.
The accident frequency for 2016 stood at 6.9 accidents leading to absence from work per million work hours, although the goal was a maximum of five. The most common causes of accidents are fortunately not dramatic, involving sprains as a result of slipping or tripping, as well as accidents when handling tools or materials.
Safety First! is an ongoing programme based on changing attitudes and views of safety in order to achieve the goal of zero accidents. All employees, suppliers and subcontractors have an significant role to play in the work being conducted. We are convinced that everyone can contribute to a safer LKAB by working safely and improving the safety culture.