Swedish mines are characterised by a strong safety culture which has resulted in a low number of accidents and injuries. The environmental consciousness is also high. However, accidents still happen, especially among contractors.
Increased automation within mining can help to further reduce the number of accidents, and to improve working conditions. But attractive workplaces are more than environment and safety.
There is also a need to improve the social environment and to ensure that the work tasks are stimulating. Opportunities for development are also important.
To keep good employees
A key issue for industry is to recruit and retain qualified employees. There is a need to identify what kind of knowledge may be needed in the future and to influence the training available so that people with the right knowledge can be recruited.
A well-planned mine helps to reduce the risk for employees. The work is largely automated and remotely controlled, making the profession attractive for both women and men.