Mining Safety News Safety(c) 2019, Demolition hones its controlled implosion and precision blasting skillsFrom the 14-storey HG de Witt Building in Pretoria to the 44-m-high Taman Sari Water Tower damaged in the 2004 tsunami in Banda Aceh in Indonesia, Jet Demolition has extensive experience and expertise in controlled implosion and precision blasting projects. It has also undertaken controlled implosions and precision blasting of large structures under the most demanding conditions, including up to within 1.5 m of operating explosive plants. Controlled implosions generally refer to the precision blasting of a structure, with the intention of having it collapse in and upon itself. Precision blasting, while a function of controlled implosions, may also refer to the strategic placement and timing of detonators to ensure a directional drop biased in a specific direction or sequence, not necessarily within its own footprint. Both terms refer to placement of charges and execution of the blast in such a manner so as to minimise any secondary damage to nearby structures. Precision blasting also..., 20 May 2019 15:39:17 GMTGoscor Group celebrates its latest Level 3 B-BBEE ratingThe Goscor Group is proud to announce that it has achieved Level 3 Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) status, with effect from March. The Level 3 rating indicates a 90 to 95 rating on the BEE scorecard, encompassing ownership, management control, skills development, enterprise and supplier development, and socio-economic development. The rating extends to group companies Goscor Earth Moving (GEM), which distributes the SANY brand of construction and related equipment. Despite tough market conditions, GEM achieved significant growth in 2018, and is poised to extend its SANY range even further in 2019, according to MD Barry Owen. “As the fifth-largest construction and related equipment manufacturer in the world, SANY is a major powerhouse, with impressive technology. Coupled with Goscor and the Bud Group, that makes for a formidable combination,” Owen comments. Bobcat Equipment South Africa represents the number one compact materials-handling equipment brand..., 20 May 2019 15:34:48 GMTfischer launches its most versatile frame-fixing solution to dateA long expansion element with up to three anchorage depths means that the SXRL range is the most versatile frame-fixing solution to date available from fischer, distributed locally by Upat. Available in 8mm, 10mm, and 14mm diameters, and anchor lengths reaching up to 360mm, the fischer SXRL frame-fixing solution features anchorage depths in accordance with European Technical Assessment (ETA) requirements, namely 50mm, 70mm, and 90mm for the SXRL 8 and 10mm, 70mm, and 90mm for the SXRL 14. Upat Technical Manager Kevin Owen highlights that the ‘L’ in SXRL refers specifically to length, with the main feature of this latest nylon plug being that it is about 20mm longer than its predecessor. “The longer an anchor is, the more embedded it is in materials such as concrete, and hence the stronger the fixing.” A key feature of the SXRL is versatility whereby it is suitable for use in both solid and hollow building materials. The new innovative frame fixing can also..., 17 May 2019 12:18:16 GMTJet Demolition pioneers cold-cutting technology for petrochemical demolitionCold-cutting techniques developed by Jet Demolition have introduced a new benchmark for health and safety in the petrochemical industry, which represents a highly volatile and hazardous work environment. The equipment and methodology pioneered by Jet Demolition has the added ‘green’ benefit of limiting incidental contamination of natural resources, which is generally unavoidable using less advanced techniques. This proactive approach has resulted in the demolition specialist having completed over 100 projects for a leading local petrochemical producer, as well as undertaking work for the bulk of the major players in this sector, Jet Demolition Project Engineer Andre Botes reveals. Apart from oil and gas facilities, Jet Demolition’s expertise also encompasses hexane plants, chemical plants, fuel tanks, and storage facilities. “Petrochemical demolition forms part of our heavy industrial demolition portfolio. It is critical to pay close attention to every step..., 14 May 2019 09:02:02 GMTFatality at Bambanani MineHarmony Gold Mining Company Limited (“Harmony” and/or “the Company”) regrets to advise that one of its employees was fatally injured in a mining related accident this morning at its Bambanani mine in the Free State and has tragically succumbed to his injuries. An investigation into the accident is underway. “We are deeply saddened by any fatality at our mines. We will make every effort to ensure that we work towards zero harm”, said Peter Steenkamp, chief executive officer of Harmony. Harmony management express their condolences to the deceased employee’s family, friends and colleagues...., 09 May 2019 09:51:16 GMTFrom lights to drills, Milwaukee digs deep into the mining industryFrom impact wrenches to worklights, steel drilling presses, and metal cutting saws, the ruggedness, efficiency, and high-end features of Milwaukee’s diverse product range, distributed locally by leading supplier Upat, have seen the brand make significant inroads into the mining industry. Key to the success of Milwaukee in this arduous operating environment is the aftersales service and technical back-up offered by Upat, which includes advising customers on the best tools for a particular application. “We have had Milwaukee Power Tools operating successfully underground for two years without having seen the light of day,” Upat Technical Specialist – Mining & Utilities Clayton Dry reveals. The M18 FUEL™ ¾" High-Torque Impact Wrench is particularly favoured in the mining industry due to its large-size anvil and high torque capabilities. “A major cost factor for mines is having to continuously replace accessories,” Dry comments...., 29 Apr 2019 12:52:45 GMTPassport 360 cuts SHEQ doc process for mines from 20 hrs to 3 minsWhile the manual compilation of a Safety, Health, Environment and Quality (SHEQ) documentation reporting can take up to 20 man hours, Passport 360 has slashed this time to an astonishing three minutes. This is thanks to Passport 360’s built-in Robotic Process Automation (RPA), which allows for custom documentation to be compiled in mere minutes. “It provides for a greater level of real-time intelligence and insight into SHEQ,” Passport 360 Director and Co-Founder Siobahn Whitehead comments. In addition, the dashboard view feature consolidates all contractor SHEQ documentation into a high-level dashboard, again for real-time access of all data, which can be managed and interpreted accordingly – an ungainly feat in terms of paper-based systems. This is because paper-based systems are impossible to monitor and audit effectively in real-time. For example, 200 paper files will take an average 400 days to conduct a comprehensive review, rendering it physically..., 29 Apr 2019 12:50:12 GMTCombo of Enerpac, Kito makes for unique Mandirk Lifting solutionsThe combination of being able to offer two world-leading brands locally allows Mandirk Lifting to offer its clients complete solutions and not standalone products. Part of the Mandirk Group, Mandirk Lifting was established recently to extend the group’s total solutions approach. These two brands are Enerpac, a global leader in high-pressure hydraulic tools, controlled force products, and solutions for precise positioning of heavy loads. The other brand is Kito, a global leader in materials-handling equipment such as hoists and cranes. Japanese OEM Kito is represented exclusively in the Western and Eastern Cape, as well as in Gauteng, by Mandirk Lifting. Its distributorship is non-exclusive in KwaZulu-Natal, south of the Tugela river. Its representation covers diverse industries such as automotive, food and beverage, fisheries, marine and offshore, paper and pulp, sugar, and even tyre manufacturing. The key advantage of the Kito products for which Mandirk Lifting enjoys distribution..., 24 Apr 2019 13:39:45 GMTNew BI Product Manager to oversee FAG and INA brandsLeading supplier Bearings International (BI) has appointed Andrew Gerald Altree as Product Manager for its FAG and INA brands. Altree, who has a Diploma in Business management and 25 years’ industry experience, will oversee the vision, strategy, marketing, and pricing for these two leading brands. From high-precision bearings for aerospace applications to sensor wheel bearings for passenger cars, or large-size bearings with outside diameters of over 4 m for wind turbines, FAG is the number one choice for a diverse customer base. Almost every modern passenger car contains INA engine and transmission components. Variable cam timers and hydraulic bucket tappets ensure improved performance, reduced fuel consumption, lower emissions, and increased driving comfort in modern car engines. INA rolling bearings, engine components, and linear technology are characterised by their high level of quality and reliability. Latest appointments at BI include Conrad Muller as Sales and Marketing..., 24 Apr 2019 13:35:12 GMTCummins helps SANY become a powerhouse OEM in AfricaThe secret to SANY being the fifth-largest construction and related equipment manufacturer in the world is largely due to its strategy of using quality components from leading international Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) like Cummins, with which it has a well-established relationship. The SANY range of excavators, front-end loaders, graders, and rollers is distributed in Southern Africa by Goscor Earth Moving (GEM), which has made steady inroads into markets as diverse as agriculture, construction and civils, and mining, according to MD Barry Owen. As an example, Owen points to the highly successful SANY SY210 excavator, one of two in the 20 t space, and the second-smallest excavator offered by GEM. Surprisingly, the SY210 – with a bucket capacity of 0.93 m2 and an engine output of 104 kW – has an operating weight of 20.9 t, which represents a hefty advantage for customers in that they have access to a rugged and reliable machine, at an attractive price as well,..., 24 Apr 2019 13:31:40 GMT