Falls of ground is a term used to classify accidents that relate to unexpected movement of rock mass and the uncontrolled release of debris and rock, as a result of gravity and/or pressure, strain burst or rock burst.

A focus on prevention of falls of ground by the Mine Health and Safety Council (MHSC) and fundamental industry research has been particularly effective: there has been a 35% reduction in fatalities from 25 in 2014 to 20 in 2015.


  • To identify the leading practices that have the highest potential for reducing uncontrolled falls of ground
  • To facilitate the adoption of leading practices within the industry