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Health and Safety

Servicing safety equipment is essential

14th May 2010 Capital equipment division Becker Mining Africa provides a comprehensive electronics maintenance service to ensure the optimum efficiency of critical underground and surface safety equipment so that mines comply with the requirements of statutory law. 

Semiliterate workers 
assisted in health, safety 
and wellness messages

14th May 2010 Communication specialist Jinja Communications (Jincom) recently launched its Reach All programme, a turnkey integrated communication strategy which is assisting semiliterate construction workers in the Middle East in understanding critical health, safety and wellness messages.  

Metatarsal protective 
footwear to improve safety

14th May 2010 UK designer and manufacturer of protective safety footwear Rock Fall has released its Tomcat range of total protection footwear, which incorporates internal metatarsal protection to meet European S3 safety standards. 

Safety specialists deployed

14th May 2010 Welding gas and consumables company Afrox has deployed 17 highly trained regional safety specialists in the field to conduct safety audits and undertake risk assessments at client sites as a value-added service to its customer base. 

Stringent standards ensure mine safety

14th May 2010 Southern African plant hire and equipment rental company Rand-Air, part of the global Atlas Copco Group, ensures safe mining operations through its stringent safety, health, environment and quality (SHEQ) standards and procedures.  

Safety company 
concentrates on the mining industry

By: Eleanor Seggie     14th May 2010 Global safety company MSA Africa has a renewed focus on the mining industry this year, launching innovative products, improving product availability and focusing on customer requirements.  

Making safety a measure of success

14th May 2010 Recently a science based company was reported as having said that South African mining casualties stood at 24 since the beginning of 2010 - "an average of eight deaths a month". It added that this figure - together with the recent mining accidents in other parts of the world raised concerns about... 

Collision avoidance system improves safety statistics

15th May 2009 The VAK Electronics CWS 800 collision warning system, represented by electronic systems supplier Booyco Electronics, has been shown to effectively reduce the number of accidents occurring between pedestrian workers and heavy capital equipment in the mining environment.

 

Chamber of Mines implements leading practice adoption programme

By: Darren Parker     15th May 2009 The South African Chamber of Mines (CoM) has started a programme to help the mining industry adopt leading practices in terms of health and safety. 

Sense-making framework 
applied to safety methodology

By: Darren Parker     15th May 2009 Organisational strategic consulting company Deloitte has extended the Cynefin sense-making framework as a strategic tool to help the mining industry better understand and address the challenges associated with health and safety. 

Theatre medium 
used in safety awareness 
campaigning

By: Darren Parker     15th May 2009 Industrial theatre company Learning Theatre is making headway in the mining industry, with a focus on improving safety, health and environment (SHE) issues within the sector, through staging cost effective SHE-themed theatrical productions at different operations. 

New safety module 
added to mine management 
software

By: Darren Parker     15th May 2009 Mining management software developer MineWare Consulting has added a new module to its short-term mine management software package that calculates safety risks associated with daily mining activities.

 

HIV/Aids still a major 
challenge in SA mining

By: Darren Parker     15th May 2009 A key challenge in the area of health within the context of the South African mining industry remains the issue of HIV/Aids, says South Africa’s Chamber of Mines health advisor Dr Thuthula Balfour-Kaipa.

 

NUM boss says concerted effort by labour, employers and government required to improve health, safety

By: Dennis Ndaba     26th September 2008 National Union of Mineworker’s president Senzeni Zokwana says that, to win the battle to improve health and safety in the mines, all stakeholders need to work together. 

Health and safety review on the horizon for diversified miner

16th May 2008 Diversified mining group Xstrata, is committed to implementing a formal review process of major health, safety, environmental and community hazards by the end of 2008, to identify opportunities for improvement and ensure these processes are robust and effective. Five of its employees and four... 

Lamp room the entry point for mine health and safety

16th May 2008 Lead-acid battery manufacturer, Willard Batteries, states that the mining industry is coming under increased scrutiny owing to a series of accidents and incidents, which have caused mine managers to look at innovative ways to mitigate employees’ risk, below the earth’s surface. 

Local invention set to change the face of health and safety in mining

16th May 2008 Health and safety on South African mines could be significantly improved, following the development of a system which monitors and analyses, in real time, a host of environmental and physiological risk factors experiences by all miners. 

Gold producer reports an improvement in safety

16th May 2008 Twenty-nine mining-related accident fatalities were recorded during 2007 states gold producer Gold Fields’ health and safety report for 2007. This constitutes a fatal injury frequency rate of 0,19 for every million hours worked. All these fatalities occurred at the group’s South African... 

Trapped-miner location equipment developed

By: Fatima Gabru     16th May 2008 A newly developed trapped miner locator system is capable of locating trapped workers at the onset of the search and continuously tracking the miners’ during the process. The system was developed by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) for the Mining Health Safety Council... 

Mining company’s commitment to safety delivers zero fatalities

16th May 2008 Opencast mining contracting company Concor Mining’s commitment from management and its workforce alike, has seen this company achieve a fatality injury frequency rate (FIFR) and a lost time injury frequency rate (LTIFR), of zero on both counts over the last five years. 

Environmental and health integration serving up results

16th May 2008 As part of the merger process with mining major Kumba Resources and coal producer Eyesizwe Coal, a safety health and environment (SHE) integration project was launched at the beginning of 2007, resulting in a new vision and strategy states diversified miner Exxaro’s Annual Report for 2007. 

Presidential mine safety audits on schedule

By: Fatima Gabru     16th May 2008 The Department of Minerals and Energy (DME) has completed its auditing on 250 mines of about 333 high-risk mines. The audits were ordered by President Thabo Mbeki after 3 200 workers were trapped underground at gold producer Harmony Gold’s Elandsrand mine in 2007, when a falling pipe damaged... 

Gold producer reports reduced fatality rate for first quarter

By: Fatima Gabru     16th May 2008 The fatality rate for gold miner AngloGold Ashanti’s South African operations for the period January 2008 to April 2008 is, 0,1 per million man hours. 

Revolutionary boot leaves footprint on local market

16th May 2008 A new extra-large Sault boot with a size 11 toe cap, which is ideally suited for South African male feet which tend to be flatter and broader than in other countries, is being distributed by specialist importer and wholesaler of certified safety products, Bramhope. The newly designed outsoles... 

Mining industry still faced with severe challenges

16th May 2008 The high fatality rates in mining are still among the challenges facing South Africa’s mine occupational health and safety (OHS) sector, “There are still more than 200 lives being lost per year at South African mines,” says the Department of Minerals and Energy’s (DME’s) chief inspectorate for... 

95% of dust measurements will be below global limit by December, mining industry declares

By: Dennis Ndaba     9th May 2008 Silicosis continues to be a major health challenge for South Africa’s mining industry, despite the funds that have already been expended on trying to research the incurable occupational lung disease.  

Gold major says tackling fatalities, injuries is its top priority

By: Dennis Ndaba     15th February 2008 Gold-miner AngloGold Ashanti is looking at all parts of its business through the safety lenses.  

Safety remains a challenge, says diversified miner

By: Dennis Ndaba     14th December 2007 The world's largest diversified miner, BHP Billiton, which lost eight employees and contractors at its controlled operations says safety remains one of its challenges. 

Recommendations not implemented vigorously, says Minister

By: Dennis Ndaba     21st September 2007 The recommendations of the 1990s Leon Commission of Inquiry into mine safety in South Africa are not being implemented as vigorously as they should be, Minister of Minerals and Energy Buyelwa Sonjica said last week explaining why the safety performance of the mining industry continued to leave... 

Safety seminars augment product offering

By: Neal Goldwyer     18th May 2007 The newly established South African satellite office of containment, clean air and laboratory equipment technology specialists Esco, is embarking on educational outreach programmes to highlight safety issues and improve end-user reception of its offerings. 

Demolition expert blows away competition

By: Neal Goldwyer     18th May 2007 In May this year, demolition specialist Jet Demolition is set to receive an industry safety award for the fourth consecutive year. 

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