It’s a fact: Mining is one of the most dangerous industries in which to work. Even when everyone does everything they can to prevent and minimise incidents and fatalities, things still can – and do – go wrong.
On Saturday the 9th of September 2016, a fire caused by an explosion in a boiler room tore through the four-storey structure of a packaging factory on the outskirts of the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka. Around 29 people were killed and 70 were injured. At the time, Bangladesh factory inspector general Syed Ahmed promised an investigation into the cause of the accident, stating, "We will find out the responsible people behind this disaster and will take all necessary and legal actions."
Image: The partially collapsed flyover in Kolkata, India. About 100 metres of the structure fell, while other sections remain standing. Photograph: Bikas Das/AP
When it comes to health and safety, companies are unfortunately not always held accountable for incidents – and fatalities – that occur as a result of errors in processes, assessments or materials. That is why it is validating to hear when a company is held responsible.
On the 14 October 2015, the temporary bridge structure dubbed the ‘Great Walk’ on the M1 freeway at Grayston Drive in Sandton collapsed, resulting in one of the worst bridge construction disasters seen in Johannesburg in recent years.