Mining Vice President Andrew Watson shares his perspective on the cause of tailings dam failures
In 2019, the world was shaken by multiple incidents of tailings dam failures at mine sites, from Brazil to Peru to Myanmar. In the wake of these disasters, it has become more important than ever to discuss the risks associated with tailings storage facilities and identify ways that the mining industry as a whole can move forward and make the necessary structural changes to prevent similar catastrophes from occurring in the future.
Mining Vice President Andrew Watson sat down with Mining Review Africa to discuss lessons learned from the recent tailings dam disasters and what can be done to prevent similar incidents in the future. Addressing the likelihood of failure, retiring facilities that are no longer needed, and re-assessing how active facilities are operated and making changes accordingly are just a few of the steps that mine owners should take in the future. Watch the full video below.