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Health and Safety

A-OSH Expo will showcase latest innovations and technology

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     17th May 2019 The ninth edition of Africa’s leading occupational health and safety expo – A-OSH Expo – will provide the ideal platform for companies to demonstrate the latest innovations and technologies from the personal protective equipment and occupational health sectors. A-OSH Expo is organised by trade... 

Technological advancements improve health and safety

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     17th May 2019 Global advancements in mine automation, remote monitoring, control technologies and improvements to equipment operator interfaces have created many new opportunities for mining companies to improve their health and safety while increasing productivity, says training and workforce development... 

Technological advancements improve health and safety
VIRTUAL REALITY WorksiteVR Quest is a three-dimensional computer generated environment

Visual security can curb illegal mining

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     17th May 2019 The right visual security components can assist in securing mining properties to prevent illegal miners from gaining entry, says video surveillance specialist Graphic Image Technologies (GIT) executive Laurence Smith. Illegal mining is dangerous and often happens under desperate conditions... 

Visual security can  curb illegal mining
DUAL HEAD The Flir Saros camera was introduced to the international market in November last year

Murray & Roberts Cementation

17th May 2019 South Africa-based Murray & Roberts Cementation forms part of the Murray & Roberts Group which is recognised internationally as a leading mining contracting organisation with operations in Africa, Australia and the Americas. Murray & Roberts Cementation has served the mining industry for more... 

Murray & Roberts Cementation

I-CAT finalises dust management project in Guinea

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     17th May 2019 Environmental consultancy and product developer I-CAT finalised a dust management project on a bauxite mine – a first for the company – in Guinea last month. “This is a different ore than what we are used to – it was unique . . . and we have been successful,” I-CAT divisional manager Morné van... 

I-CAT finalises dust management project in Guinea
DEFEATING THE DUST I-CAT has completed 17 dust suppression projects in Africa in the past three months

Qualification verification key aspect in mining

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     17th May 2019 Given the high risk of the mining environment, companies should ensure that their employees are correctly qualified to meet their job requirements, says background screening and vetting specialists Managed Integrity Evaluation (MIE). Mines should undertake the necessary processes to verify and... 

Qualification verification key aspect in mining
JENNIFER BARKHUIZEN It is important for Managed Integrity Evaluation to understand its clients’ requirements and specifications to put together a complete solution for them

More efficient health and safety management in mining holds much promise

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     17th May 2019 The mining sector is often a risky environment in which to work, making health and safety a major focus, and much has to be done to ensure that it is managed more efficiently in the industry, says employee experience company Wyzetalk CEO Gysbert Kappers. He tells Mining Weekly that industry... 

More efficient health and safety management in mining holds much promise
GYSBERT KAPPERS Protecting workers is the right thing to do

Mining tripartite stakeholders recommit to zero harm

30th November 2018 Last month, the Department of Mineral Resources and its tripartite stakeholders concluded the Mine Health and Safety Summit with a commitment to strive for zero harm. The objective of the Summit was to review the health and safety performance of the mining sector and to develop strategies to... 

Safety initiatives, innovative machinery achieve zero harm

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     30th November 2018 Mining development and exploration drilling company Rosond achieved zero harm last month, which bodes well for the company’s aim of achieving zero harm in its next financial year. “In the year ahead, we will continue to focus on promoting safe behaviour and increasing management visibility on the... 

Innovative training the next step to improving safety

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     30th November 2018 Health and safety training company KBC Health and Safety encourages mining companies to engage in continuous learning and the extension of knowledge to decrease the number of incidents and fatalities on site. KBC Health and Safety lead: strategy and business growth director Jared Kangisser says... 

Refinery implements proactive approach towards safety

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     30th November 2018 Following its current record of 702 lost-time-injury- (LTI-) free days, its previous best being 554 days, Rand Refinery’s Germiston-based gold refinery and smelter operations intends to exceed 1 000 LTI-free days. The company current record equates to 2.3-million LTE-free man-hours.   During... 

Safety assured for Vertical Drop delivery system

30th November 2018 Johannesburg-based supplier and manufacturer of explosives AEL Intelligent Blasting has pioneered the vertical drop emulsion delivery system which delivers the non-detonable base emulsion and sensitiser required directly to a storage facility, boosting safety and efficiency. These storage... 

Widespread cable theft requires intervention

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th May 2018 With the prevalence of cable theft at local mine sites, and the potential health and safety implications this has, it is imperative that companies take a proactive approach and implement preventative measures, asserts industrial equipment supplier Banding and Identification Solutions SA (Banding... 

Widespread cable theft requires intervention
CLAMPING DOWN The UL4000-C Ultra-Lok clamping system can reduce cable theft at mining operations by significantly increasing the time needed to remove a clamp and increasing the theft risk factor

Comprehensive package facilitates fugitive dust management

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th May 2018 Fugitive dust emissions pose risks to mining companies, surrounding communities and the receiving environment, and require proper management to mitigate their effects, and environmental management company I-CAT is well poised to do so through its comprehensive solution offering. I-CAT... 

Comprehensive package facilitates fugitive  dust management
DUST ISSUES Fugitive dust emissions are inherently part of the mining industry, owing to the nature of mining activities such as blasting and minerals processing activities

Optic fibre system ideal for essential fire prevention

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th May 2018 Owing to the dangers and issues posed by fires in the mining industry, it is imperative that fire-detection systems be implemented and properly maintained, and fire-detection and -suppression provider ASP Fire offers a customised optic fibre system that is ideal for detection, ASP Fire CEO... 

Optic fibre system ideal for essential fire prevention
PREEMPTIVE STRIKE It is important that mining houses have fire detection and prevention systems in place to prevent lost production time and lost assets

Holistic approach championed for mine vehicle safety

18th May 2018 While great strides have been taken to improve operator safety in recent years, with new collision awareness systems likely to improve this trend, technology alone should not be a mine’s only line of defence in the goal to avoid vehicle collisions, says mine management solutions provider Modular... 

Chairlift system to augment safety at Orkney mine

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     1st December 2017 A 180-m-long, footwall-mounted chairlift system will be installed at gold miner Tau Lekoa Gold Mining Company’s mine near Orkney, in the North West, in January to assist the mine with daily operations and enhance its safety. Energy distribution, automation, communication, transportation and roof... 

Chairlift system to augment safety at Orkney mine
ELEVATING SAFETY Becker’s chairlift systems, with modular, low-maintenance attributes, are designed to transport up to 900 personnel per hour in a quick, efficient and safe manner

Aiming to improve emergency preparedness

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     1st December 2017 Mpumalanga-based artisan and mining skills training centre Colliery Training College (CTC) is actively seeking more coal projects to contract the services of its Rescue Drill Unit (RDU) to improve the effectiveness of mines’ emergency preparedness procedures. “We encourage mines to contract us to... 

Aiming to improve  emergency preparedness
SAFETY UNIT The Rescue Drill Unit is used for assistance and/or rescue after a mine accident caused by a fire, roof collapse or explosion

Alcohol abuse long-standing issue, drug abuse growing

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     1st December 2017 Growing drug and alcohol abuse at mines in South Africa is especially prevalent in newer mining areas, such as the North West, where living arrangements of the general workforce foster such behaviour, drug and alcohol testing equipment and accessories company Alco-Safe director Rhys Evans informs... 

Alcohol abuse long-standing issue, drug abuse growing
SUBSTANTIAL PROBLEM Substance abuse is not only prevalent in the general mining workforce; alcohol abuse is also common among management who prefer more expensive drugs, such as cocaine

Time to get PDS-ready is now

By: Simone Liedtke     19th May 2017 As of June, all new original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) trackless mobile machines (TMMs) bought by mining houses need to be proximity detection system- (PDS-) ready. 

Time to get PDS-ready is now
PROXIMITY DETECTION SYSTEMS The Booyco PDS warns when pedestrians enter the area around a machine

New multigas detector sets benchmark – supplier

By: Simone Liedtke     19th May 2017 With the experience gained through the application of its Altair 4X multigas detector in the South African mining sector, safety equipment supplier MSA Africa believes that the mining industry could benefit greatly from its newly launched Altair 4XR. Meant for application in confined spaces in... 

New multigas detector sets benchmark – supplier
ALTAIR CONNECT The MSA Altair Connect application can immediately send alarm notifications to other users using text messages

Legislation plays ‘big role’ in uptake of healthcare services 

By: Simone Liedtke     19th May 2017 In many countries, health and safety legislation is either nonexistent or not effectively enforced and, therefore, greatly influences the number of mining-related work opportunities available for healthcare service providers, such as International SOS in Midrand, South Africa 

Legislation plays  ‘big role’ in uptake  of healthcare services
International SOS medical director Dr Charl van Loggerenberg speaks about 'Duty of Care' and the company's services and products. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva

Strong stance on employee safety required – miner

19th May 2017 South Africa’s diverse wealth of minerals and a well-regulated mining industry mean mines employ hundreds of thousands of mineworkers from all over Africa, states miner, refiner and marketer of platinum-group metals Impala Platinum (Implats). 

Strong stance on employee safety required – miner
Photo by Duane Daws
TOP PRIORITY Safety needs to be respected and prioritised above all other tasks

Alcohol testing, education longterm solution to abuse

By: Simone Liedtke     19th May 2017 Testing backed up by educational programmes is a tried and tested method, proven to reduce alcohol-related incidents, drive down absenteeism and improve overall productivity in the mining sector, alcohol detection technology and services provider Alco-Safe director Rhys Evans tells Mining Weekly. 

Alcohol testing, education longterm solution to abuse
EFFECTIVE TESTING Testing needs to be carried out every single day as part of the mine’s standard health and safety policy to be effective

Platinum miner advancing safety initiatives

9th December 2016 Safety is a priority at all Impala Platinum’s (Implats’) operations, emphasises the South African platinum miner, which will roll out front-drive technology and proximity detection on track-bound equipment in 2017 as part of its safety strategy. The company describes the initiative as a “major... 

Platinum miner advancing safety initiatives
SAFE AS HOUSES Impala Platinum’s safety strategy entrenches the belief that mining can be conducted without causing injury and harm

Gold miner intends to do away with diesel

9th December 2016 Canadian gold miner Goldcorp is looking to eliminate diesel consumption at its mine sites, explaining that this will hugely improve working conditions by removing diesel particulate and other gases such as nitrogen oxide and sulphur dioxide from the workplace.  Goldcorp has started implementing... 

Gold miner intends to  do away with diesel
BATTERY OPERATED Goldcorp will introduce an electrical underground mobile fleet at the Borden gold mine to improve health and reduce its environmental footprint

Tackling increased alcohol consumption during festive season

By: Nadine James     9th December 2016 The festive season can put companies at risk, as employees are more likely to drink alcohol not only more often but also to the point of excess, says drug and alcohol testing equipment provider Alco-Safe.  Alco-Safe director Rhys Evans notes that based on first-hand reports by safety managers,... 

Tackling increased alcohol consumption during festive season
RHYS EVANS At mining companies the number of people that report to work under the influence of alcohol over December increases to between 200 and 300 people a day

New automatic system safeguards equipment

By: Nadine James     9th December 2016 Early detection is critical to combat electrical fires in confined spaces and mitigate the risk of injuries and fatalities while limiting high-value equipment damage and system downtime, says environmental solutions provider I-CAT. To eliminate the difficulties associated with fire detection in... 

New automatic system safeguards equipment
DOUSING AGENT The cylinder is filled with a nonconductive extinguishing agent called CLEAVOS 1230

Innovation yields double-digit growth

13th May 2016 Health and safety developer Bramhope Group has enjoyed double-digit growth during the past three years and attributes this success to its continuous innovation through a culture of learning. The company is moving beyond a focus on traditional product and service categories of innovation to... 

Innovation yields double-digit growth
Photo by Duane Daws
ENHANCING EDUCATION Bramhope is working with the University of Johannesburg to supply students with relevant and practical curricula, as well as practical experience

Constant power supply crucial to mine safety

By: Victor Moolman     13th May 2016 Fluctuating power supply or complete failure thereof at a mine, interrupting mining process, could result in dangerous consequences, emphasises power generation equipment designer and manufacturer Cummins Africa power solutions director Kenneth Gaynor. 

Constant power supply crucial to mine safety
Photo by Duane Daws
MINING POWER SUPPLY A power failure at an underground mine could lead to mineworkers becoming stranded

Check employee health, avoid implications

By: Victor Moolman     13th May 2016 Occupational health medicals of mineworkers are taking place frequently enough in South Africa, affirms occupational health service Working Knowledge International (WKI). 

Check employee health, avoid implications
HEALTH MATTERS Having mineworkers’ health checked on site could save employers and employees time and money
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