Mining Safety News Safety(c) 2019, 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 GMTSkyriders powers up major boiler inspection at KendalSkyriders Access Specialists (Pty) Ltd. has garnered nearly 20 years’ experience and expertise at Kendal near eMalahleni in Mpumalanga, the largest indirect dry-cooled power station in the world. The rope-access specialist’s latest project at Kendal saw a 12- to 30-member specialist team deployed for internal inspection of the pressure pipes of the Unit 1 boiler. Ancillary work consisted of safety-net installation, in conjunction with inspection of coal bunkers and associated Pulverised Fuel (PF) pipes. The project was carried out successfully during a planned shutdown towards the end of 2018, which placed considerable pressure on the team to complete the full inspection programme within the non-negotiable outage timeframe. Challenges associated with the project focused mainly on coordination with simultaneous activities taking place on-site, such as sandblasting and X-ray inspection, Skyriders Marketing Manager Mike Zinn explains. “Considering the challenges,..., 24 Apr 2019 13:16:21 GMTAury Poised for Expansion Drive in African Mining IndustryThe African mining and mineral resources sector is one of the most important international markets for Aury Africa, which plans a concerted expansion drive on the continent once it is firmly entrenched in South Africa. This is according to Xiaoming Yuan, Chairman of Aury Africa and Vice-President of holding company of Dadi Engineering Development Group (DEDG), who recently paid another visit to the South African operation in February. Yuan has been visiting Aury South Africa on a regular basis since 2012. “We are fully ready to bring all of our unique services and products to South Africa. We also look forward to strengthening our relationship with existing clients, and bringing new South African mining companies onboard to ensure their operations are significantly more efficient and environment-friendly,” Yuan said. “Compared to other mining engineering companies, we have many decades of in-depth knowledge in smart technology. We also have a greater knowledge..., 12 Apr 2019 13:03:12 GMT