Mining Safety News Safety(c) 2018, Investigation Following After Death Of 6 Trapped Mine WorkersThe police investigate the death of six people who were trapped underground Limpopo: The Police in Phalaborwa are investigating the death of six (06) people who were trapped underground at the Phalaborwa Copper Mine in the early hours of yesterday on 2018-07-15. The joint search operation led by the Search and Rescue Teams was activated soon after this tragic incident was reported to the Police until the first body was retrieved during ring the day. The search operation for the remaining people unfolded until in the early hours of this morning on 2018-07-16 at about 02:35 when five (05) bodies were retrieved bringing the total number of fatalities to six (06). The deceased are all men and the process of identifying them is still unfolding. The cause of this incident is still not clear at this stage but the Police investigations in conjunction with other role players including the affected mine will tell as they are still continuing...., 17 Jul 2018 07:54:48 GMTFatality At Kusasalethu MineJohannesburg, Tuesday, 10 July 2018. Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited regrets to advise that one of its employees was fatally injured in a fall of ground incident at its Kusasalethu mine in Carletonville this morning. An investigation into the accident is underway. Management express their deepest condolences to the deceased employee’s family, friends and colleagues...., 12 Jul 2018 07:48:29 GMTSafety Tips for Working Near Mine WaterWorking in or around a mining site is a dangerous occupation. You need to be highly aware of your surroundings and will need to practise safety protocols as laid out by the law. Some of these safety protocols involve mine water treatment and staying safe around mine water, which can contain hazardous materials before it has been filtered. Outlined below are some safety tips to practice while working near mine water. Conduct daily workplace examinations This is vitally important for any sort of mining safety but is especially effective in locating any possible water hazards. You will need to inspect the workplace daily, especially any areas that use water for their operations. Your daily inspection should include ensuring that all edge protection, barriers, warning signs and other suitable controls are visible to all mine workers and that all workers are aware of where the water sources are located on the mining site. The examinations should also make note of any leaks from..., 10 Jul 2018 12:57:41 GMTWorld-first field-serviceable fall arrestor now available from MSA AfricaA significant addition to the range of fall-protection equipment supplied by MSA Africa is the world’s first completely field-serviceable standard Self Retracting Lifeline (SRL) or fall arrestor from MSA Latchways. The MSA Latchways SRL range offers a dependable means of fall protection, comments Nicolas Abry, Business Development Manager, Fall Protection, MEAIR, MSA Middle East FZE. It has been designed specifically for use in a number of different environments, providing an unhindered, hands-free fall-protection solution. Utilising modern engineering and innovative design, MSA Latchways produces the most advanced, reliable, and cost-effective SRL lines available on the market today, backed up by extensive and independently-verified testing to ensure consistent and reliable performance. This means full compliance with international standards such as BS EN 360:2002, ANSI Z359.14-2012, and ISO 9001. Wherever a MSA Latchways SRL is in service, full inspection can be undertaken..., 10 Jul 2018 12:52:24 GMTEssential safety tips for mobile cranesOperating a mobile crane can be a hazardous position, especially if you are working in and around a mining site. You will need to practise basic safety protocol as well as implement safety measures that are specific to mobile cranes, such as ensuring that only appropriately qualified people operate the cranes, inspecting the equipment on a regular basis and ensuring all workers are wearing the correct safety gear. Below are some essential tips for operating mobile cranes on a mining site. Only qualified people my operate cranes One of the most important safety protocols to follow when operating a mobile crane on a mining site is that only qualified workers may operate the cranes. This is because they are trained in how the machinery works, and will be able to spot any issues with the crane and its functioning. In the hands of a trained professional, a mobile crane is a safe and effective tool for any mining site. It is important to respect and recognise the fact that it..., 04 Jul 2018 14:57:58 GMTHow is water treated and managed in mining?Mining is an industry which uses a vast amount of water for its processes. From extracting minerals to keeping equipment clean and in operating order, mines use water for daily purposes. However, once this water has been used, it becomes acidic and unusable. This calls for mine water treatment protocols to be put in place in order to minimise environmental impact and for the water to become reusable once again. Below are some processes that help to transform mine water from unusable to viable once again. Intercepting and diverting surface water Rainwater and water from streams or brooks should be intercepted from entering the mine area by building upstream dams. This is in order to reduce the potential for water contamination from exposed ore and other harmful minerals. By diverting this water, mines are reducing the amount of water that will be contaminated by their processes, meaning that the area in which they are located will not have to compromise on their water..., 28 Jun 2018 16:28:51 GMTMining safety in the SpotlightAccidents happen. None of us can predict the future, which is why life insurance or life cover is so important for when the unforeseen happens. With a number of mining accidents claiming lives in recent months, we take a look at mining safety at South African mines. Grave concern over miners’ safety Following the deaths at Sibanye-Stillwater’s Masakhane shaft in Driefontein, Carltonville on 3 May 2018, both trade union Solidarity, and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU), expressed their concerns over safety in South African mines. Seven of the 13 miners who were trapped underground on 3 May died following a landslide caused by seismic activity, while the remaining six miners were located and brought to safety. Following these deaths, AMCU said that mine safety has become a human rights issue, and that legislation should be strengthened to hold mining bosses criminally accountable for failing to ensure safety at operations. Solidarity..., 27 Jun 2018 11:46:35 GMTRio-Carb commissions academic research into the future of SA miningMr. Martin Maine, Managing Director of Rio-Carb of Alrode, a chromium carbide (CrC) wear-solutions provider, has identified a gap in the mining sector in the form of a lack of local beneficiation in the second-tier supply chain in the South African mining industry. Failure to galvanise foreign direct investment and innovation in this critical contributor to the future growth and development of the local economy has resulted in, for example, a large proportion of local mining equipment containing ‘re-imported’ raw materials. In response, Maine has commissioned academic research into the current state of the South African mining industry to establish how we can utilise our own natural resources to stimulate economic growth from the grassroots level. The research will focus specifically on how to develop the current South African mining industry to add imperative value to its mineral reserves. “Developing the industrial capability in these areas will generate employment..., 21 Jun 2018 09:57:15 GMT5 Technologies That Could Save SA MiningSouth Africa’s mining industry has had a rough decade: Plummeting revenues, skyrocketing operating costs, political and regulatory upsets, and numerous accidents claiming human lives. The question is, while we can be prepared to a certain extent for unplanned events, through life insurance for example, can anything be done to save the SA mining industry? The answer is “yes” and in this article we explore the five technologies that the new Johannesburg-based Mandela Mining Precinct hopes will put South African mining on a positive trajectory once more. 1. Digital gaming Video games can teach fighter pilots to fly planes, so why not use them to teach CEOs to manage mines? SiMINE, an “experiential” mining game from local management consultancy Vuuma Collaborations, aims to do just that. Through this simulation game, CEOs can understand where the constraints in their specific operations are, especially if they invest in a digital twin or..., 14 Jun 2018 15:46:27 GMTRope Access, Drone Combo for Tsumeb Namibia Maintenance ProjectSkyriders has carried out routine inspections of two smokestacks and one cooling tower using a highly successfully combination of rope access and Remotely-Piloted Air System (RPAS) drones for client Dundee Precious Metals at the Tsumeb Namibia mining operation. The drones completed a general internal visual inspection, followed by detailed visual inspection and core sampling by a six-person rope-access team. “The deliverable was a comprehensive report, with recommendations signed off by our consulting engineers,” Skyriders Marketing Manager Mike Zinn explains. The deployment of drones makes for rapid and safe visual inspections. “This allows decisionmakers such as engineers and plant owners to formulate a more focused inspection plan, honing in on the areas of concern picked up during the drone inspection,” Zinn elaborates. Introduced by Skyriders in 2015, the use of drones has become an integral element of the company’s turnkey service offering. This..., 29 May 2018 10:12:47 GMT