Violent Attacks, Property Destruction and Ambushes
Did you know that some of the most dangerous professions in the world are in the mining industry? Although one might imagine that this is because of the associated risks of working underground or with dangerous explosives – that is only part of it. There are brutal armed conflicts raging through mines across the globe.
Why Mining is a Dangerous Industry
This devastating violence in the mining industry is happening for three main reasons: poverty, human rights violations and political instability. Countries in Latin America and Africa are particularly prone to it: statistics show that as many as 15 countries in Latin America alone are in constant conflict because of the industry.
Last year a Bolivian politician was detained, tortured and beaten to death by bandits that are running wild. Two experts working on a United Nations report dealing with the violence in mining were kidnapped and killed in March this year while working in the DRC. In Ghana the ongoing competition between unregulated ‘artisanal’ miners and mining companies is resulting in enduring violent conflict. Some mines have even been completely taken over by rebel miners.
Investing in Safety is Not Optional
Although there is not much that mining companies can do about solving the social ills of the world, they can invest in keeping their guards safer with protective gear from Imperial Armour. The comprehensive range can be explored here.