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Reality check: How dangerous is mining?

It is estimated that as many as 3000 men can be killed or injured in mine-related accidents throughout the world each year. Small mines are seen as the most dangerous.

Many governments worldwide have taken measures to improve safety standards in recent years and the situation is much improved, but the demand for energy and minerals combined with insufficient supervision means that mines often ignore safety measures in favour of increased production and greater profits.

On top of this there are premature deaths and sicknesses arising from silicosis of the lungs, poor working conditions, working around dust, mercury poisoning, hazardous gases, fumes and loud noise. 



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