Drilling technology solutions provider Rosond, based in Midrand, has celebrated a year of zero harm at its diamond drilling operation at mining company Kumba Iron Ore’s Sishen mine, near Kathu, in the Northern Cape.
Rosond senior site manager Clayton Coetzee attributes the achievement to close cooperation between department heads, line management, and health and safety executive officers in continually improving standards.
“We always try to improve our processes and strive to make the working environment safer and easier to manage. Employee suggestions and input is encouraged, together with client interaction. We are all in this together, and together we truly can make a difference,” says Coetzee.
“The biggest contributing factor to this achievement is that we are truly our sister’s and brother’s keeper, meaning we always look after each other’s safety and wellbeing,” adds Rosond safety manager Andre Kleynhans.
He elaborates that a culture of caring and responsibility is inculcated on-site, which allows anyone at any time to stop somebody who is doing something unsafe, so that nobody is injured.
“At the end of the day we all go home safe to our families,” says Kleynhans.
He explains that the new drill rig technology that Rosond has introduced at Kumba has played a major role in safe operations, especially in carrying out hazardous tasks such as handling drill rods, which is now automated. As a result, Rosond has successfully trained female drill rig team members at Kumba.
“We are very proud of our safety culture and aim to keep our employees safe at all times,” concludes Rosond MD Ricardo Ribeiro.