MRA: Not a Single Fatality Recorded in 2017

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Not a single fatality was recorded in the country within the mining sector in the year 2017.

This is according to the country’s mining regulator, Mineral Resources Authority. MRA claims that the last time the country achieved this feat was in 2008.

The Zero Fatality Frequency Rate was announced by the MRA, which it has labelled as a huge achievement for the country.

According to the MRA, there were close to 17, 500 employees in this sector, who worked for a combined total of 52 million hours, without a single fatality.

These figures are an improvement from 2016 where there were just over 15, 000 employees, a combined total of 44 million hours and an unfortunate 2 fatalities.

Furthermore, the Serious Injuries Frequency Rate also drastically decreased by almost 50%.

According to MRA Acting Managing Director, Nathan Mosusu, these sort of results are hardly seen in the mining industry.

He has attributed these results to efforts by MRA and industry working tirelessly towards reaching a common goal of ‘Zero Harm’ to all persons employed at all mine sites in the country.

MRA’s Mine Inspectors have also been commended 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.

Meriba Tulo

is a Senior Reporter and Presenter and currently anchors Resource PNG as well as EMTV's daily National News.

Meriba Tulo