TÜV SÜD is deeply saddened by the tragic collapse of the dam in Brumadinho, Brazil on January 25, 2019. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families.
A subsidiary of TÜV SÜD in Brazil carried out certain checks regarding the dam pursuant to an engagement by the operator Vale S.A. Immediately after the incident, the Management Board and the Supervisory Board of TÜV SÜD initiated extensive investigations which are ongoing. We will do everything in our power to contribute to a comprehensive inquiry of this incident. TÜV SÜD has commissioned the law firms Pohlmann & Company and Hengeler Mueller with an independent inquiry of the case. Furthermore, an independent expert will be called in to deal with the assessment of technical issues.
Two TÜV SÜD employees who were temporarily detained by the Brazilian authorities have been released.
Due to ongoing official investigations in Brazil, which we support, TÜV SÜD is currently not in the position to provide any further information.
Press-contact: Dr. Thomas Oberst