Improving the Health and Safety of Miners in Eastern Ukraine (Phase 1)

What is the project about?

Ukraine’s mining industry has one of the highest rates of mining injuries and casualties in the world. In 2011, the State Service of Mining Supervision and Industrial Safety of Ukraine reported 4,255 injuries and 161 casualties, an average of one casualty every 2-3 days. Moreover, miners have endured disproportionately high rates of occupational health ailments, including respiratory diseases and musculoskeletal disorders. Thus, UNDP partnered with DTEK and Metinvest—two of Ukraine’s largest mining and energy companies—to improve the health and safety of miners in Krasnodon, Rovenky and Sverdlovsk.

What have we accomplished so far

The Project engaged over 650 miners, doctors, and government officials to understand the health and safety needs of miners.

In collaboration with the Hospital of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in the Luhansk Oblast, the Project conducted medical exams of 373 miners to accurately assess the specific health ailments of miners. The results of these exams provided a data set of evidence to support further efforts to improve the health and safety of miners in eastern Ukraine.

Together with the communities of Krasnodon, Rovenky and Sverdlovsk, the Project produced the “Assessment Report,” which summarises the findings, data and recommendations from Phase 1 of the Project.

The Project also collaborated with the target communities to produce three community action plans that will be implemented in a forthcoming Phase 2 of the Project.

Who Finances it?

UNDP, DTEK and Metinvest provided funding for the Project, which amounted to USD 92,000 for 2012.

How are We Carrying out Our Mission?

In Phase 1, the Project engaged over 650 community members—miners, miners’ wives, doctors, and government officials—to understand the specific health and safety needs of miners. To begin, UNDP, in partnership with DTEK and Metinvest, received endorsements from the governor of Luhansk Oblast State Administration and mayors of Krasnodon, Rovenky and Sverdlovsk to proceed with the effort. Then, the Project conducted face-to-face interviews, focus groups, and community workshops, while also examining the working conditions at DTEK Rovenkiantratsit, DTEK Sverdlovantratsit and Krasnodon Coal (Metinvest). In addition, the Project worked with the Hospital of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in the Luhansk Oblast to conduct medical exams and opinion surveys of 373 miners. The results of Phase 1 helped shape the community action plans, which serve as the foundation for the implementation stage, or Phase 2, of the Project.

Delivery in previous fiscal year

Donor name Amount contributed per year
DTEK and Metinvest  $ 89.0000

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