Mining Safety News Safety(c) 2018, Equipment Every Construction and Mining Worker NeedsIn the construction or mining industry, where the risks of physical injury are higher than most other occupations, the safety of construction workers or miners is extremely important. Without them, a project wouldn’t finish and the quality of the work would be compromised. There’s a reason that there are different varieties of safety equipment and clothing that are required on any construction site. Accidents happen and it would be better to have everyone in the immediate (and even surrounding) areas protected. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is required of all workers who operate in fields where the equipment is necessary for them to do their, otherwise dangerous, job safely. This includes, but is not limited to, firefighters, police officers, construction workers and miners. We’ll start with the equipment needed for the head and work our way right down to the worker’s toes. Include the costs of these specialised items of safety equipment in the construction..., 16 Mar 2018 10:53:34 GMTRobust Valves and Actuation Accessories for the Mining IndustryThe range of valves and actuation accessories from AR Controls of Vanderbijlpark is very robust and extremely well-suited for typically harsh mining environments. Here valves and accessories often suffer environmental attack and can perish as a result. AR Controls provides pneumatic enclosures in various materials to house and protect valve instrumentation, and to ensure that valves installed in hard-to-reach areas can be operated with ease from an accessible and clearly-marked remote area. AR Controls stocks ball, butterfly, knife gate, and check valves, as well as a range of actuators and actuation accessories. It also supplies a range of gate, globe, and air valves. Common materials of construction include carbon steel, ductile iron, 316 stainless steel, 2205 duplex stainless steel, 17-4 stainless steel, CD4MCuN stainless steel, and various super alloys. “Mining customers can rest assured that AR Controls has a valve in the correct material and of the correct design..., 12 Mar 2018 16:02:57 GMTRestating the value of Research & Development in innovationResearch and development (R&D) plays a critical role in the innovation process, especially considering the increasing pace of technological progression and the ever-changing needs of end users. It is that strong commitment to R&D that is further propelling Monitech to the summit of the mining safety and monitoring solutions industry. R&D plays a very important role in the success of a business. Many companies do not grasp the significance of R&D until it’s too late. The role and relevance of R&D is paramount; it is the R&D function that provides a platform for creativity and innovation to flourish in an organisation. Based on this understanding, Monitech, a South African industry leader in mining safety and monitoring solutions, has put in place a strong R&D regime over the years, which General Manager Renier Rautenbach maintains is the cornerstone and a critical arm of the company’s business. “Monitech has always focused on its customers’..., 12 Mar 2018 15:38:26 GMTIllegal miners denied bail for illegal processing of goldForget Mwatutsa (28), Forward Kavunga (23) Orbet Nyaora(29) and Arming Mcucune(32) were denied bail by Orgies Magistrate’s Court on Friday 2018-03-09 for illegal processing of gold The three suspects were arrested by Members of Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime Investigation unit Middelburg, Secunda and South African Narcotics Enforcement Bureau (SANEB) on Thursday 2018-03-08 during an operation conducted at a farm in Orgies area. Mwatutsa, Kavunga, and Mcucune were found at the farm working and they alleged that they were employed by Nyaora. Nyaora was phoned and upon arrival at the farm he tried to bribe the police with R6 000.00 and he was immediately arrested. Following a search at the farm, gold bearing material estimated to worth R400 000.00 and a vehicle were seized. The four suspects were remanded in custody and they are expected to appear again at the same court on the 16th March 2018 for verification of addresses and further investigation. Source:..., 12 Mar 2018 11:43:21 GMT33 Illegal gold miners nabbed by the HawksA disruptive operation by the Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime Investigation Unit, the Department for Mineral Resource (DMR), Provincial Organised Crime Unit, Public Order Police Unit, the Air Wing and Local Criminal Record Centre resulted in the arrest of 33 alleged illegal gold miners at Ellerton rehabilitated mine at Nhlaniki Village outside Giyani last week Friday. The multi-disciplinary operation ensued following an outcry by the local community about the alleged illegal mining of gold at Ellerton mine that was closed by DMR in 2016. The team swooped on the abandoned mine and seized gold bearing material, 5 vehicles and several mining equipment including two generators, mining drill machines, camping tents, industrial hammers and a sieve valued at about R500 000-00. All suspects will be processed to ascertain their correct identity. The 33 suspects are expected to appear before Giyani Magistrate’s Court today for contravention of Section 5 (4) (a) (b) and (c) read with..., 06 Mar 2018 08:21:21 GMTLatest Acquisition Extends Concord Cranes’ Reach in NamibiaConcord Namibia, which forms part of the Concord Cranes Group, has expanded its geographical reach in Namibia through the strategic acquisition of a Walvis Bay-based company. Concord Cranes recently acquired Walvis Bay-based plant hire company Rent-A-Plant Namibia, a Namibian based-and-run company with an in-depth knowledge of the country due to its 19 years’ experience in the Namibia. Concord Namibia’s operations are based in Okahandja, primarily servicing the northern and central territories. This undertaking expands the group’s geographical reach significantly. Rent-A-Plant Namibia is currently in the process of being merged into Concord Namibia. Its fleet consists of 55 forklifts, five mobile cranes, four access platforms, and three trucks, which complements Concord Cranes’ product and service offering. Cranes range in size from 25 t to 35 t. Concord Namibia CEO Francois Smith comments that Rent-A-Plant Namibia boasted a good order book prior to the..., 23 Feb 2018 10:55:10 GMTReiterating the significance of skilled personnel in an organisationSkills and knowledge are the motivating force of the growth of any business. They have become even more so given the increasing pace of technological advancement in the workplace. On the back of that understanding, Monitech, a South African industry leader in mining safety and monitoring solutions, views skill building as a device to improve the efficacy and contribution of its personnel to overall production of its customers. To have skilled personnel is every company’s key objective to ensure that any skills gaps that its customers may experience at any time are addressed timeously to avoid unnecessary production losses, explains Jarrod Hassett, CEO of, Monitech. Consequently, Monitech – as a leading mining safety and monitoring solutions provider – has always placed a major priority on developing its skills base. “All our staff are encouraged to expand their skills set and Monitech supports this by paying for any associated tuition and allocating..., 15 Feb 2018 16:00:09 GMTDanger, high voltage: power line manufacturing safety regulationsManufacturing power lines can be a dangerous job, with numerous health and safety risks to deal with on a daily basis. However, there are some basic guidelines to follow to ensure that yourself and your workers are safe throughout the manufacturing process. Personal protective equipment Major mining firms such as Mbuyelo coal, and powerline manufacturing companies such as Babcock Nthuthuko Powerlines, always ensure that their workers wear the correct personal and protective equipment when working. This includes hard hats, exterior clothing made from non-flammable and insulated materials, gloves, with sleeves if necessary, and insulated boots made from highly durable materials. Other precautions include goggles that protect from possible welding sparks or stone chippings, and a face mask to protect from dangerous fumes. If the factory is too loud, be sure to provide ear coverings to ensure your workers’ ears are not damaged during the day. Display the correct signage All..., 15 Feb 2018 15:59:11 GMTSubstance Abuse in Mines Better Control with Broader UnderstandingThe cost of alcohol and drug abuse to South Africa has been estimated at R2 billion per year. This is of importance to the mining industry, where prevalence is significantly higher, impacting safety, productivity and the bottom line. The first priority for any mine is keeping workers who are under the influence of drugs and alcohol off the site. However, to manage and reduce incidents of abuse, a broader understanding of the causes and a holistic strategy to address them, is needed. How big is the problem? In South Africa, the prevalence of alcohol dependence among adults is estimated at 10% while that of risky drinking among workforces such as the mining industry has been estimated at 25% or more. In a South African gold mine, the prevalence of risky drinking among workers was found to be 32%. A study by the Mining Health and Safety Council of South Africa tested approximately 2000 miners across seven mines for substance abuse. The goal: to determine the prevalence and..., 05 Feb 2018 12:46:52 GMTWirtgen SA to showcase full line-up of brands at bauma CONEXPO AFRICA 2018The Wirtgen Group South Africa will use the upcoming bauma CONEXPO AFRICA 2018 to showcase its innovative solutions for road construction and rehabilitation as well as for mining and mineral processing from across its group of internationally operating companies, comprising Wirtgen, Vögele, Hamm, Kleemann, Benninghoven and Ciber. The Wirtgen Group South Africa, the local subsidiary of the Wirtgen Group in South Africa, will use bauma CONEXPO AFRICA 2018 to display a range of its available solutions and a broad range of services tailored to specific requirements for all areas of road construction as well as mining and processing of minerals, to its African customer base. bauma CONEXPO AFRICA 2018, the third international trade fair for construction machinery, building material machines, mining machines and construction vehicles, will be held at the Johannesburg Expo Centre in South Africa from March 13 to 16, 2018. Having exhibited at the two previous editions of the show..., 02 Feb 2018 09:26:57 GMT