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Health and Safety

Upgraded chairlift PLC panels increase safety

15th January 2021 Mining systems solutions provider Becker Mining South Africa in October last year successfully installed and commissioned its first, upgraded chairlift programmable logic controller (PLC) panel, which enhances the reliability of the Becker chairlift systems. The PLC, which was launched at the... 

Pandemic heightens compliance awareness

By: Halima Frost     15th January 2021 KBC Health & Safety has identified positives that arose during the Covid-19 pandemic, including a heightened awareness of the need for up-to-date safety, health and environmental (SHE) accreditation. “Having conducted SHE and International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) assessments for... 

Pandemic heightens compliance awareness
The capacity of classes for each course has been reduced, yet classes are offered more frequently

Community wellbeing drives sustainability strategy

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th January 2021 Diamond company De Beers’ holistic Building Forever sustainability framework is bearing fruit, with tangible results recorded for its health-related efforts over the last year.  

Community wellbeing drives sustainability strategy
EJECTING DISEASE The company achieved a goal in 2019, called the 90/90/90 target for the human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV, initially set for 2020

Remote health and safety audits gaining traction

By: Halima Frost     15th January 2021 The unprecedented impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has fast-tracked technologies and methodologies across all sectors, especially those pertaining to mining health and safety regulations and compliance, accredited certifications provider JC Auditors compliance specialist Oliver Naidoo tells Mining... 

Company launches new range of fall arrest equipment

6th November 2020 Safety equipment supplier BOVA launched a new range of locally manufactured fall arrest equipment, in September. The new range has extended the brand from an entry-level category player into the midtier working at heights category, the company stated at the time. 

Improvements in rock engineering reduce accidents

6th November 2020 Rock-related accidents have reduced significantly in recent decades, owing to incremental improvements in rock engineering practice, says independent consulting firm of engineers and scientists SRK Consulting chairperson William Joughin. He states that the company’s contribution in this field... 

Software solutions to ensure health, safety at mines

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     6th November 2020 Business management consultant Decision Inc. has implemented health and safety software solutions at iron-ore and manganese mines in the Northern Cape, amongst others. The company offers their hiDocs, Contractor Management, and Risk Management solutions, all of which are compatible with any... 

Covid-19 must not derail Level 9 compliance

6th November 2020 Efforts to advance safety in the mining sector through improved collision avoidance standards have been severely hampered by the Covid-19 lockdown, says electronics manufacturer Booyco Electronics CEO Anton Lourens.  The company is playing a leading role in testing proximity detection systems... 

Covid-19 must not derail Level 9 compliance
SAFETY FIRST Level 9 compliance dictates that trackless mining machinery in certain environments be able to slow down and stop when detecting a potential threat

Powder a new solution for spills

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     6th November 2020 Strict health and safety regulations in the mining industry mean that any liquid spills in workshop areas or elsewhere need to be cleaned quickly and effectively. To cater for such spills, South African manufacturer Pratley created the Gunge Spunge powder, which is “ideal” for spills, including... 

Powder a new solution for spills
ALL DRIED UP In addition to absorbing spills from solid surfaces, the powder can also be used to contain oil spills in water

Declining demand breathes new life into breathalysers

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     6th November 2020 Covid-19 has resulted in reduced demand for breathalysers, as “clients immediately assumed that there would be significant danger for people using breathalysers because of the way the virus is spread”, says ALCOSafe MD Rhys Evans. Consequently, the company had to find innovative ways of... 

Declining demand breathes new life into breathalysers
BLOWN AWAY The ALCO-blow rapid test looks like a torch or a baton with a fitted cone in the front

Company assists in off-site screening

By: Darren Parker     6th November 2020 Following the resumption of mine operations at the beginning of May, onboarding and compliance solutions provider KBC Health and Safety partnered with occupational health and safety services provider Workforce Healthcare to assist mining clients in improving the onboarding process for contractors... 

Covid-19 measures hinder production

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     6th November 2020 Health and safety measures at Canyon Coal mines have changed drastically since the emergence of the pandemic, and this has had an impact on production, says Canyon Coal health, safety and environment manager David Masilela. He explains that employees have had to change the way they operate and... 

Mining contractor adjusts well as Covid-19 shifts HSE goal posts

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th November 2020 Mining contractor Concor Opencast Mining has added a new layer to an already strong foundation in its health, safety and environment (HSE) strategy as the world adjusts to new operating procedures under the Covid-19 pandemic. Concor Opencast Mining HSE and training manager Niel Fourie says there... 

Stepping up safety in times of crisis

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd May 2020 A safety and health culture should be an enabler for all employees and stakeholders across any operation to live safely, says construction materials supplier AfriSam Group subsidiary Tanga Cement Company MD Reinhardt Swart. “We should enable our people to live the safety culture,” he tells... 

Stepping up safety  in times of crisis
THE AFRISAM WAY Tanga Cement has recorded millions of safe working hours over the past four years

Safer breathalyser testing developed amid pandemic

By: Halima Frost     22nd May 2020 Increased concerns over the spread of Covid-19 have spurred medical equipment supplier ALCO-Safe to develop a safer way in which to conduct breathalyser tests on workers in heavy industrial sectors. “Workers and security personnel are at risk as testing must be conducted in close proximity,” says... 

Safer breathalyser testing  developed amid pandemic
BIG BLOW Covid-19 has caused enough problems, mining should not need to worry about testing as well

Covid-19 response built on successful holistic approach

By: Nadine James     22nd May 2020 The De Beers Group’s ‘Put Safety First as our Number One Value’ way of work – driven by management and mainstreamed into the operations – has led to numerous successes in terms of the holistic health and safety of its employees, and now forms the basis of its Covid-19 response, says  De Beers... 

Covid-19 response  built on successful holistic approach
URISHANIE GOVENDER De Beers developed action plans per country of operation, with preventive protocols as well as emergency response plans and restart procedures

PDS provider ready to implement Level 9 systems

By: Nadine James     22nd May 2020 South African-based equipment supplier Booyco Electronics is well advanced in testing its proximity detection systems (PDS) to comply with Level 9 safety standards – despite the fact that, while the Mine Health and Safety Act regulations pertaining to Level 9 implementation have been promulgated,... 

PDS provider ready  to implement  Level 9 systems
EARLY WARNING SYSTEM Booyco Electronics' control unit provides audio and visual displays

Overregulation may hinder mining industry growth

By: Darren Parker     29th November 2019 The draft regulations proposed by the Mine Health and Safety Council (MHSC) were akin to overregulation in several instances, law firm ENSafrica executive consultant Willem le Roux said at the Mine Health and Safety Seminar, hosted by ENSafrica's department of mine and occupational health and... 

Overregulation may hinder mining  industry growth
WILLEM LE ROUX The South African mining industry is in danger of being overregulated

De Beers achieves zero cases of TB

By: Darren Parker     29th November 2019 Diamond mining major De Beers Group has not recorded any cases of tuberculosis (TB) among its permanent South African employees in 2019. South Africa’s overall TB infection figure is about 567 per 100 000 people, with the country’s mining industry at about 435 per 100 000 people according to the... 

De Beers achieves zero cases of TB
DR TSHEPO SEDIBE Screenings are performed four times a year

Imminent surge in demand for PDS anticipated

By: Darren Parker     29th November 2019 Mine safety equipment supplier Booyco Electronics CEO Anton Lourens is anticipating a surge in demand for proximity detection systems (PDS) next year. In 2017, the Department of Mineral Resources, as it was known then, issued a 2020 deadline for mining companies to implement stipulations laid out... 

Imminent surge in demand for PDS anticipated
ANTON LOURENS As the 2020 deadline approaches, many late adopters are going to rush to be made compliant

Murray & Roberts Cementation

3rd September 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

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... 

A-OSH Expo will showcase latest innovations and technology
PROTECTIVE WEAR A-OSH Expo will feature exhibitors that offer tailor-made products and services for the mining industry

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

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

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

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... 

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