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Health and Safety

Aids, hearing loss raise concern

By: System Author     19th November 1999 Health & Safety Awards 

Negligence derails mine safety

By: System Author     14th May 1999 Although substantial research is being done on safety in mines by the Safety in Mines Advisory and Research Committee (Simrac), many accidents occurring in South African mines are due to negligence, reports Department of Minerals and Energy deputy director-general and chief inspector of mines... 

Safety training is ailing

By: System Author     14th May 1999 Safety, health and environmental-issue management and awareness in South Africa’s mining industry compare well with the rest of the world, reports National Occupational Safety Association (Nosa) mining-operations manager Bryan Keague. “We certainly do not need to stand back for the... 

New formula a pillar of strength

By: System Author     14th May 1999 A new formula to determine coal-pillar strength has been developed by rock-engi- neering and methane consultant Itasca Africa of Ormonde, Gauteng. Research into the strength of coal pillars was triggered by the Coalbrook disaster in 1960 in South Africa in which more than 400 people were killed... 

Cooling off costly high-technology

By: System Author     14th May 1999 While the technology for cooling mines is in place, the costs of operating this technology in the deeper, hotter mines of the future will become prohibitive. The use of underground water-vapour refrigeration plants for mine cooling has thus been investigated by the environmental safety and health... 

Thermo switches

By: System Author     14th May 1999 THE range of increased-safety ‘e’ and flameproof ‘d’ control stations for use in hazardous areas from Legrand has been awarded certification from the South African Bureau of Standards. “An unusual feature of these ATX self-assembly control stations – designed... 

Act introduces fines

By: System Author     14th May 1999 The amended Mine Health and Safety Act has introduced a number of provisions with the intention of preventing accidents and occupational diseases, simplifying and speeding up proceedings, and providing for health and safety training. In some cases, however, the provisions are impractical,... 

Heating up testing

By: System Author     14th May 1999 The heat-exchanger test centre of the environmental safety and health programme of CSIR Mining Technology is believed to be the only facility of its kind to provide simulated underground environmental conditions for the testing of heat-transfer equipment. In response to a need in the mining... 

First batch of mine inspectors

By: System Author     14th May 1999 MINERALS and Energy minister Dr Penuell Maduna has announced the graduation of the first pupil inspectors of mines. By completing their practical and theoretical training with the Department of Minerals and Energy (DME), the pupils obtained a certificate in occupational health and safety in... 

Safety lessons from UK mining

By: System Author     14th May 1999 Mining has always been an intrinsically hazardous industry where safe working has been under constant threat from the very nature of the operation, says International Mining Consultants (IMC) principal consultant: ergonomics and safety management Colin Talbot. However, despite the considerable... 

Simulated mine is a virtual hit

By: System Author     14th May 1999 The days are long gone when computerised simulators were only used to train astronauts and fighter pilots. Research and development into virtual reality (VR) created by personal computers (PCs) has indicated that simulators can be used effectively in the mining environment. VR techniques have the... 

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