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We put safety first, and have achieved a steady decline in our mining injury rate

Health and safety

ArcelorMittal is committed to achieving zero incidents, injuries and fatalities at our mines

The past few years have seen much progress in the health and safety performance of ArcelorMittal’s mining segment, and the gradual, successful implementation of a safety culture defined by courageous leadership. 

Permeating all levels of the mining business, courageous leadership is about creating an environment in which people are valued above all other priorities, in which there is a conviction that zero injuries can be achieved, and employees bring a positive attitude to work. It’s about eliminating risky behaviour, facing challenges with determination, and accepting the responsibility of leadership – having the courage to make positive change.


A second phase of this safety programme – named “Courageous Leadership ACTION” – has been launched to ensure leaders across all levels of the mining segment have the correct systems, tools and personal skills to successfully engage with their teams on this vital topic. 

Our mines have seen a steady decline in the lost time injury (LTIF) frequency rate, which is the number of injuries that have resulted in loss of work time per million hours worked. Our LTIF rate reduced from 3.40 in 2008 to 0.74 in 2015.

That's why improving health and safety performance – and making further progress on the journey to zero – requires an unwavering focus on hazard identification, risk assessment, and courageous leadership. 

There are inspiring examples within the mining business of sites that are succeeding in this regard. In September 2016, the Andrade mine in Brazil celebrated an outstanding 24 years without lost-time injury. In 2015, ArcelorMittal Mining Canada’s pellet plant at Port Cartier was recognised as the winner of the 2015 Health and Safety Grand Prix by Canada’s occupational health and safety commission (CSST). In 2016 Extra Energy's Virginia Point Surface Mine – a part of ArcelorMittal Princeton – has been awarded the first annual Interstate Mining Compact Commission’s (IMCC) “Mine safety and health training award” in the coal surface mining category.

ArcelorMittal Mining’s challenge now is to ensure a culture of caring for one another – and speaking up in the instance of unsafe behaviours – is truly embedded in all its mining operations.