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Initiatives for increased safety in the Swedish mining industry: Studying 30 years of improved accident rates
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Human and technology.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1091-5039
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Human and technology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8061-7208
2019 (English)In: Safety Science, ISSN 0925-7535, E-ISSN 1879-1042, Vol. 117, p. 437-446Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article investigates safety-related developments in the Swedish mining industry over a 30-year period, from the 1980s to the 2010s. It studies what may have contributed to lowering the accident frequency rates and improvement of safety more broadly in the industry. On this basis, interviews were conducted with informants from mining companies. This material was supplemented with a workshop with mining health and safety representatives and documents relating to the subject. The results are divided into four main themes, showing that from the 1980s and onwards, lowered rates and general safety improvements followed in the wake of technology development. This was complemented by a more direct focus on organisational aspects of safety beginning in the early 2000s. Still the effectiveness of the individual measures is not clear; while they theoretically have an effect, causality is hard to show. In other words, the improvements may not necessarily depend on the specifics of these initiatives. Given this, the article discusses the different initiatives in-depth, and gives suggestions for future research and industry action. This includes recommendations for approaching safety holistically and the development of new proactive indicators.

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Elsevier, 2019. Vol. 117, p. 437-446
Keywords [en]
Mining industry; Safety; Accidents; Safety management
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Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
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Human Work Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-73869DOI: 10.1016/j.ssci.2019.04.043Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85065132322OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-73869DiVA, id: diva2:1314121
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VinnovaSwedish Energy AgencySwedish Research Council Formas
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Validerad;2019;Nivå 2;2019-05-14 (johcin)

Available from: 2019-05-07 Created: 2019-05-07 Last updated: 2019-05-14Bibliographically approved

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