Cases of silicosis
The data below provides disclosure under the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) indicator LA7: Rates of injury, occupational diseases, lost days, and absenteeism, and number of work-related fatalities by region.
Silicosis is a disease characterised by lung fibrosis caused by the inhalation of particles containing respirable crystalline silica dust. It represents a risk in underground mining areas where there are high concentrations of quartz within the ore body. While the threat of silicosis persists in South Africa, efforts to eradicate the disease have largely been successful at the group’s operations in Brazil, as a result of the mechanisation of many processes, successful dust management programmes, intensive monitoring, and Brazilian legislation that limits the number of years that employees may work underground.
The following are the number of cases of silicosis submitted to the Medical Bureau for Occupational Diseases (MBOD) of South Africa in 2010.
* Refers to silicosis cases at service divisions in our South Africa region