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People affected by the collapse of Dam I, at the Córrego do Feijão mine, in Brumadinho, can apply for different types of Indemnity: individual, emergency and labor.

Below we explain the difference between them, who is eligible for each type and how to apply.
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Payment of indemnities 

Indemnity procedures are ongoing and are constantly updated on this page. 

Individual indemnities 

5.346

agreements involving

10.904

people

Workers' Indemnity 

1.467

agreements involving 

2.503

people
*Data from 10/13/22 
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Who can apply 

The deadline for new requests for entry into the Extrajudicial Individual Indemnity Program (civil damages) related to the B1 Dam collapse, at the Córrego do Feijão mine, in Brumadinho, was closed on January 24, 2022. 

Evacuated municipalities: 
New requests for entry into the Individual Indemnity Program in the Antônio Pereira district, in Ouro Preto (Doutor Dam), can still be made. Contact must be made by phone (31) 99830-5886. 

The appointment must be made via telephone call, from Monday to Friday, during business hours (9 am to 5 pm) at the number above.  For appointment, information sent by e-mail, WhatsApp or in list/spreadsheet format is not accepted. 

Deadlines for new requests in the locations below are closed: 

Barão de Cocais (Sul Superior Dam - Gongo Soco mine) – closed on 02/07/2022; 

Macacos (Dam B3/B4 - Mar Azul mine) - closed on 02/15/2022; 

Itabirito (Forquilha III Dam (Fábrica mine) - closed on 02/19/2022; 

Rio de Peixe Region (Vargem Grande Dam) – ended on 02/19/2022; 

Vale reinforces its commitment to those affected and reaffirms that requests in progress, as well as those initiated by the deadlines for each location, will normally follow the program procedure, with a subsequent response from the company. 

Check the documents that are mandatory: 
 
The following documents must be presented at the meeting, considering all applicants (majors and minors) who are related to the claimed damages. 
 
  • CPF (except minors who do not yet have CPF);
  • Identity Card - RG, Driver’s License CNH, professional identification card or passport (to verify, among other data, date of birth and parents’ names);
  • Birth certificate (for a minor, if you do not have an ID);
  • Term of custody (minors with divorced parents) / Term of guardianship (minors with absent/deceased parents) / Term of curatorship (over 18 years old without civil capacity).
Marital status 
 
  • Declaration of Stable Union and/or Updated Marriage Certificate (registration/annotation at the registry office until 01.25.2019, to verify the property regime) ;
  • Date of last amendment;
  • Proof of address (example: water or energy bill for the month of January/2019 or later, with consumption history covering January/2019.) ;
  • Power of attorney on behalf of all applicants and with sufficient powers to make settlements extrajudicially (suggestion of template can be obtained from the facilitation office) ;
  • Power of attorney on request for illiterate/bedridden people;
  • Copy or original of the lawyer's OAB (Brazilian Bar Association) certificate;
  • Official documents must be presented in original or certified copies, representing the updated version of the respective documents. Declarations must be presented with a notarized signature.
The following documents must be presented at the meeting, for legal entity applicants that are related to the claimed damages. 

CNPJ card 
 
  • Articles of Incorporation / Bylaws;
  • In the case of a Public Limited Company, documentation proving the powers of the company's representative (for example: minutes of a meeting of the Board of Directors or a Shareholders' Meeting);
  • Power of attorney on behalf of the Company, with sufficient powers to make settlements in the extrajudicial scope (suggestion of template can be obtained from the facilitation office);
  • Copy or original of the lawyer's OAB (Brazilian Bar Association) certificate;
  • Official documents must be presented in original or certified copies, representing the updated version of the respective documents. Declarations must be presented with a notarized signature. 
Proof of damage 
 
  • In order for the request for Indemnity to be dealt with more quickly and effectively, it is important that the applicant goes to the facilitation office supported by all documentation capable of proving the facts described in their narrative, as well as the damages, the damage suffered and their values. 
  • This documentation can be composed of official documents (proving ownership, income, certificates, etc.), as well as photos, receipts, videos, among others that demonstrate the alleged situations and losses. 
  • Official documents must be presented in original or certified copies, representing the updated version of the respective documents. Declarations must be presented with a notarized signature. 
In October 2021, Vale concluded the escrow deposit of the total amount foreseen for the Income Transfer Program - R$ 4.4 billion - adjusted by the IPCA until August 2021 and deducting operating costs and emergency payments between June and October 2021, as provided for in the Full Reparation Agreement signed in February this year between the Government of Minas Gerais, Federal and State Public Prosecution Offices, State Public Defender's Office and the company. 

This is the definitive solution for the emergency payment made by Vale to those affected by the collapse of the Brumadinho dam. As of November 1st, the terms of the new Income Transfer Program, created and managed by the Justice Institutions, without the participation of Vale, will take effect. The Justice Institutions are responsible for defining participation criteria, payments and program management. As disclosed on the website of the Government of Minas Gerais – (www.mg.gov.br), questions regarding the PTR can be clarified through the exclusive service channel of FGV: PagamentoPTR@fgv.br

How to proceed in case of cancellation of registration and return of amounts received improperly 

Those interested in returning amounts improperly received must deposit the amount received in Vale's current account. After making the deposit, they must go to one of Vale's Indemnity Registration Center (PRI), with a photo identification document, to deliver the deposit slip. 

If you do not have a Vale Indemnity Registration Center (PRI) in the city, you will need to go to the nearest Registration Office. After delivery of the deposit slip. 

Deposits must be made in an identified way, containing the CPF of the person responsible for the return, through the DOC, TED and bank transfer modalities. Deposits via envelope or at the bank branch's clerk do not have identification and therefore must not be used.
On July 15, 2019, Vale and the Labor Prosecution Office of Minas Gerais signed an agreement through which the discover phase of the Public Civil Action was ended. From this date onwards, the families of workers who were victims of the dam I collapse, at the Córrego do Feijão mine, in Brumadinho, will be able to qualify for indemnity, starting the execution of the individual agreement. 

How do I apply to receive workers' indemnity? 

The family members covered by the agreement signed will be able to use Union lawyers, private lawyers or even look for the Sector of Public Defender of the Labor Court of Betim (MG), to join the Public Civil Action, whose process has the number 0010261-67.2019 .5.03.0028 and is being processed at the 5th Labor Court in Betim (MG). 
  • Parents, spouses or companions and children of deceased workers will receive, individually, R$ 500,000 for moral damages. Siblings will receive R$ 150,000; 
     
  • There will be the payment of an additional insurance for work accident in the amount of R$ 200,000 to parents, spouses or companions and children, individually;
     
  • There will also be the payment of material damages to the group of dependents, whose minimum value is R$ 800,000; 
     
  • A daycare allowance in the amount of R$ 920 per month will be paid for children of deceased workers up to 3 years of age, and education allowance in the amount of R$ 998 monthly for children between 3 and 25 years of age;
     
  • Lifetime health insurance will be granted for spouses or companions and for children up to 25 years of age;
     
  • The agreement also provides stability for direct and third party workers, allocated at the Córrego do Feijão Mine on the day of the collapse, and for survivors who were working at the time of the collapse, for a period of 3 years, as of January 25, 2019, considering that it can be converted into cash;
     
  • On August 6, 2019, Vale will deposit at the disposal of the court the amount of R$ 400 million as collective moral damages.
In March 2020, as a result of the collapse of Dam I, at the Córrego do Feijão mine, in Brumadinho, Vale and six Unions* signed an agreement in the Public Civil Action for the purpose of paying indemnity to the allotted and survivors. 
 

*Trade unions involved: 

  • Union of Workers in Heavy Construction Industries of Minas Gerais – SITICOP; 
  • Union of Employees in Collective Meal Companies of Minas Gerais – SEERC/MG; 
  • Union of Employees in Cleaning, Conservation and Urban Cleaning Companies in the Metropolitan Region of Belo Horizonte – SINDI ASSEIO RMBH; 
  • Union of Employees of Security and Asset Surveillance Companies (SESVESP), ETC of Minas Gerais; 
  • Union of Workers in Production, Organization and Event Projects Companies in the State of Minas Gerais – SINTETOPE/MG; 
  • Federation of Workers in the Construction and Real Estate Industries of the State of Minas Gerais – FETICOM/MG. 

Assumptions for receiving the reparation 
The surviving employees, who are the direct and third-party workers who were working at the Córrego do Feijão Mine at the time of the B1 dam collapse, (10/25/2019 at 12:28 pm), regardless of the formal functional capacity, will receive R$ 100,000 for moral damages, R$ 150,000 for material damages and psychiatric and psychological treatment, in an accredited network, until January 2022 or for the duration of the employment contract that already includes the same benefit; 

The full-time employees, who are those workers, both direct and third party employees, with an active contract on 01/25/2019, and who actually worked at the Córrego do Feijão Mine, although they were not in that establishment at the exact moment of the B1 dam collapse, and who are not located in other Vale units or in other locations defined by their employers, even if occasionally, they have provided services at the Córrego do Feijão Mine and/or Jangada, they will receive R$ 40,000 for moral damages, R$ 40,000 for materials damage; 

Employees on leave, which are those workers, both direct and third-party employees, who, on the date of the B-1 dam collapse (01/25/2019), were on leave for more than 30 (thirty) days, will receive R$ 20,000 for moral damages, R$ 20,000 for material damages. 


 
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Vale Indemnity Offices

Brumadinho: (31)99600-7242 or (31)99648-6483 or (31)98445-8059 

Barão de Cocais: (31)99944-6773 

BH/Betim/Macacos: (31) 99983- 9076 

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