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Health and Safety

Psychological support and teamwork drives safety milestones

By: Neal Goldwyer     18th May 2007 An interesting addition to the basic occupational health and safety programme at Grinaker-LTA underground mining contracting (UMC) highlights the company's commitment to worker safety. 

Strict penalties proposed for corporate homicide

By: Neal Goldwyer     18th May 2007 Proposed new legislation that merges the Occupational Health and Safety Act No. 85 of 1993 (OHSA) and the Mine Health and Safety Act No. 29 of 1996 (MHSA) threatens to impose draconian penalties on corporations and frighten away foreign investment in the country, warns pre-eminent mining and... 

Chamber assumes more responsibility for mining health and safety

By: Neal Goldwyer     18th May 2007 Leadership and knowledge sharing could drive occupational health and safety improvements in South African mining as exemplary performances across the industry prove that future safety targets are achievable. 

Association revamps health and safety audit programme

By: Neal Goldwyer     18th May 2007 The Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of South Africa (Aspasa) has revamped the health and safety audit programme it runs for the benefit of its members. Called Initiating Safety, Health Education (Ishe), the programme is an industry specific programme incorporating the latest in... 

New explosives regulations phase out DME blasting certificates 

By: Neal Goldwyer     18th May 2007 The implementation of new explosives regulations to replace the blasting certificate examinations has occasioned nationwide information sessions run by the Mining Qualifications Authority (MQA). 

Diamond-miner rated second in CSI stakes

By: Neal Goldwyer     18th May 2007 Diamond mining house De Beers Consolidated Mines (DBCM) has been rated second in South Africa for its corporate responsibility to the communities around its operations. In its 2006 yearly survey, the Corporate Social Investment (CSI) handbook, registered the perceptions of corporations and... 

R7,5m partnership to combat HIV/Aids

By: Amy Heydenrych     19th May 2006 De Beers Consolidated Mines and the Soul City: Institute for Health and Development Communication (IHDC) have announced a partnership worth R7,5 million over the next three years. 

Aids awareness, VCT programme launched

By: Amy Heydenrych     19th May 2006 As part of its commitment to corporate social responsibility, West Rand Engineering, manufacturer and supplier of mining consumables, has implemented an HIV training and awareness campaign for its staff. 

Prevention the number-one goal

19th May 2006 Diversified resources group BHP Billiton has reported a prevalence rate of HIV/Aids among its employees of just 14%- substantially lower than the mining industry average, due to its innovative Aids prevention and treatment programme. This figure also compares favourably with the manufacturing... 

Keeping safe in an unforgiving business

By: Amy Heydenrych     19th May 2006 With a past fraught with numerous injuries, the explosives business is a risky one where a careless mistake can cost one one’s life. 

SA compares well with world-best standards

By: Amy Heydenrych     19th May 2006 The Mine Health and Safety Act (MHSA) complies with the International Labour Organisation Convention on Safety and Mines (1995) and contains standards which are comparable to the best in the world,” states Brink Cohen Le Roux director, Willem Le Roux. The Act places obligations on... 

Contractors failing in health and safety systems

By: Amy Heydenrych     19th May 2006 Despite many mining companies having magnificent health and safety systems in place, a number of problem areas remain, the most prominent being the use of contractors, states Director of Leppan Beech Incorporated, Warren Beech. 

Tackling the human factor

By: Amy Heydenrych     19th May 2006 Following the Department of Minerals and Energy setting a target of improving safety performance by 20% year on year in 2006, Kumba Resources has embarked on reworking existing safety structures to ensure that this target is not only reached, but improved on. 

'Dig deeper for health and safety'

19th May 2006 There is no doubt that mining is inherently dangerous, says ApplyIT MD Gavin Halse. 

Employees scratch for safety

By: Amy Heydenrych     19th May 2006 A powerful approach when changing employees’ behaviour towards safety in the workplace is recogntion and reward. ? 

Safety milestone for local contractor

By: abdul cook     20th May 2005 Johannesburg-based Murray & Roberts Cementation has recently achieved two-million fatality-free shifts on the mine development projects managed by GM Jan Nefdt. 

New rockdrill enhances safety and productivity

By: abdul cook     20th May 2005 Sulzer, which recently won the Technology Top 100 award for ‘the most outstanding technological innovation’ for its ‘Aya Duma Duma by Sulzer’ (Adds) pneumatic rockdrill at the end of 2004, has now started full-scale production of its new drill. 

Self-rescuer takes off in mining industry

By: abdul cook     20th May 2005 Afrox has this year sold its 135 000th AfroxPac self-contained self-rescuer (SCSR), confirming the company’s leadership in a segment of the mine safety market in which it had virtually no presence little more than a decade ago, reports Afrox marketing manager Trompie van Rensburg. 

Mine fatalities down, but still too high - attorney

By: abdul cook     20th May 2005 “Accident-related fatalities in mining remain high,” says Brink Cohen Le Roux (BCLR) – attorneys who specialise in mine health and safety law – director Willem Le Roux. 

Silence is golden

By: abdul cook     20th May 2005 Howden Engart and Anglo Coal�s Kriel Colliery in Mpumalanga have successfully collaborated on a project aimed at reducing the noise generated by underground scrubbers mounted on continuous miners. 

Armoured vehicles for African mines

By: abdul cook     20th May 2005 Johannesburg-based African Exports Unlimited (AEU) has recently acquired contracts to provide various armoured vehicles to mines in Africa. 

New fire-extinguishing system for local mines

By: abdul cook     20th May 2005 Johannesburg-based Chubb Fire has introduced the QS II Pre-Engineered Foam System to the local market. 

Key safety research under way at CSIR

By: abdul cook     20th May 2005 CSIR Mining Technology predominantly serves the mining industry and the government of South Africa, but has become increasingly involved in Africa as well. 

Armoured vehicles for African mines

By: abdul cook     20th May 2005 Johannesburg-based African Exports Unlimited (AEU) has recently acquired contracts to provide various armoured vehicles to mines in Africa. 

Products to keep mine workers safe

By: abdul cook     20th May 2005 A specialised initiative to cater for the mining industry was introduced early this year by 3M South Africa. 

Attorneys highlight increased attention to mine safety

By: renay de     7th May 2004 Health and safety in the mining industry has received much greater attention during the last few years. This can be attributed to action taken by a number of stakeholders, including the Department of Minerals and Energy (DME), employers and trade unions. 

Ten-year review shows tripartite approach has bore fruit

By: renay de     7th May 2004 In line with the anniversary decade of democracy that fell in April this year, the Chamber of Mines put together a document recording the milestones that have been achieved by the mining industry in health and safety over the last ten years. 

Coal-mine implements lion’s approach to safety

By: renay de     7th May 2004 The management of Greenside Colliery are passionate in their dedication to safety. However, in spite of this, an underground worker was injured while working under unsupported ground. 

Project seeks to guide miners on HIV/Aids

By: renay de     7th May 2004 In an attempt to mitigate the impact of the HIV/Aids epidemic on South Africa’s mining industry, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) supported a project to develop a guide to help mining companies and their partners in Southern Africa tackle the HIV/Aids pandemic. 

Group strives to improve its safety record

By: renay de     7th May 2004 Mining is still a dangerous occupation, although there has been a steady decline in the fatality rate in the mining industry since 1984. However, South Africa still has a high fatality rate in its mining industry. 

Union and chamber to raise silicosis awareness

By: renay de     7th May 2004 A joint venture (JV) was established between the National Union of Mine Workers (Num) and the Chamber of Mines in February, to look at the challenges posed by silicosis, and test any possible solutions. 

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