Achieving zero harm in the mining industry is still a big challenge worldwide. A potential major step towards remedying the situation is a good understanding of the processes that lead to accidents in the industry. The Swiss Cheese Model has had a significant impact on the understanding of the causes of accidents in high-risk industries. In this paper, an accident analysis framework based on the Swiss Cheese Model is developed and tested against a previous mining disaster. The developed framework has the potential to enhance the understanding of the factors that contribute to accidents in the mining sector.
Bonsu, J., Van Dyk, W., Franzidis, J. P., Petersen, F., & Isafiade, A. (2016). A systems approach to mining safety: An application of the Swiss Cheese Model. Journal of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, 116(8), 777–784. https://doi.org/10.17159/2411-9717/2016/v116n8a10