Mine deaths fall to 51, lowest in a century, says Minerals Council

17 July 2020 - 11:57 By Reuters
A poor safety record has been a concern for investors.
A poor safety record has been a concern for investors. 
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Mine death toll  was 51 in 2019, down from 81 the previous year and the lowest since records began a century ago, the Minerals Council, which represents miners, said on Friday.

"In 2019, the mining industry recorded the lowest number of fatalities since record-keeping began more than a century ago," the council's chief executive, Roger Baxter, said.

A poor safety record in South African mines, which have some of the deepest in the world, has been a concern for investors.