Fatal Accidents Fall

Friday, November 17, 2000

Fatal accidents in Peru's mining sector fell by 50% in the year to mid-October, and included zero fatalities in August and September, mining minister Jorge Chamot announced.

The figures are the fruit of a program aimed at improving mine safety after a private body, the Institute of Mining Safety, had commented that the previous accident rate was unacceptable, he said.

Inspections by the ministry, companies improving training and introducing preventative measures had all contributed to the improvement, the minister added.

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"We are advancing. Mining companies are showing they are responsible," Chamot said.