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Glencore reveals record of fatalities and environmental fines

Author: Leo Hickman, Fiona Harvey, Guardian [UK] , Published on: 7 September 2011

Mining and commodities giant Glencore has suffered dozens of fatalities and been subject to six-figure fines for environmental breaches, the company revealed...Glencore and its majority-owned operations suffered 56 fatalities in the 2008-10 period covered by its corporate responsibility report. It is the first such report produced by the company, even though they are standard in the sector...Roger Moody, of the London Mining Network...said the company's record put it well below the sector leaders in safety terms...Glencore said: "We are concerned about the figures because there's nothing more important than achieving no fatalities in your operations. It is the situation with the mining industry that it has more fatalities than other industries..."...An investigation by the Observer last year...found 154 work-related deaths...Vedanta had the highest toll, with 67, followed by Anglo American with 20 in one year, Kazakhmys with 17 and ENRC with 12. [also refers to Xstrata, Antofagasta]

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Related companies: Anglo American Antofagasta ENRC (part of Eurasian Resources Group) Glencore Kazakhmys Vedanta Resources Xstrata (part of Glencore)