Health effects of mining

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People killed from mining

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People killed from mining

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The health effects of mining are...
shocking - it’s truly dirty business. More people are killed or injured than in any other industry. On top of this, the bodies of miners and people living around mines are polluted by for example lead, zinc and copper.

Top 5 facts about killed miners

1

Mining is deadly

Mining kills and injures more people than any other work in the world. More than 15,000 miners are killed every year - and this is just the official number of deaths. Most likely, it's many more.


2

...and crippling

Nobody really knows how many people are injured in mining, but it is likely to be hundreds of thousands of people every year.


3

It’s destroying lives

In Bolivia, the average miner in the tin mines of Potosí will live only 35 to 40 years - a life more than 25 years shorter than the average Bolivian person. At least 300,000 children as young as 5 work in Columbian mines.


4

The children suffer

Almost all children in the Peruvian town of La Oroya have dangerously high levels of lead, arsenic and other toxins in their blood. More than 40% of the children under 5 have mental deficiencies. The cause is the town's heavy pollution from lead, zinc and copper mining.


5

We are all part of it

The western world receives large quantities of mined minerals from small scale mining operators in developing countries.



Killed miners

Officially, about 15,000 miners are killed every year but the exact number is unknown. Some estimates are much higher saying that 20,000 miners are killed annually in China alone.


Mining is deadly

...and crippling

It’s destroying lives

The children suffer

We are all part of it

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