Even one workplace death isn’t acceptable, of course. And it does nothing to comfort a family to know that their loved one died in a less deadly year. But the good news is that fewer families are suffering such a loss. It will be interesting to keep an eye on this as the year goes on. If Chile can really go from its deadliest year in ages to its safest, it will have things to teach to other countries.
(Also note that some of the small, uninspected mines may have unreported deaths, as nobody wants to go to the authorities and get their mine shut down. Also note that the unions blame additional deaths on work conditions, particularly the frequent moves from high elevation to low and back again. So the figures behind this post need to be taken with a grain of salt.)