Mining majors to discuss safety following Brazil dam disaster

Members of the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) will convene this week to discuss safety in the wake of last month’s fatal dam burst at a mine in the Brazilian town of Brumadinho.

Chief executives from Anglo American, BHP, Antofagasta, Glencore, Barrick Gold and others are expected to meet on the fringes of the BMO’s Global Metals and Mining Conference in Florida.

A spokesperson for Anglo American said its boss, Mark Cutifani, will attend.

“While we believe we manage our tailings facilities to the highest international standards, we, like many of our industry peers, are absolutely supportive of establishing an independent body to review tailings dam safety and provide greater transparency,” said the spokesperson.

The meeting has been arranged against a backdrop of increasing pressure on the sector to amplify its focus on safety after the tailings dam burst in Minas Gerais state is thought to have killed over 300 people.

Another fatal incident at an illegal gold mine in Zimbabwe has added further question marks about safety measures in the informal mining industry. 24 bodies were recovered from a flooded mine last week.