Mining Safety News Safety(c) 2020, to Grips with Mining Insurance RatesThe South African mining industry is facing a unique set of challenges in the form of the cost and unreliability of electricity supply, disruption and destruction of equipment, an unstable regulatory and legal framework in addition to the possibility of a Coronavirus black swan event that could devastate the mining sector. Coupled to this, the mining insurance sector has been particularly hard hit by claims related to natural catastrophes, strikes and riots, equipment failure and fires over the past three years. This is according to Paul Pryor, Aon’s Global Mining Practice Leader. “Mining insurance rates steadily decreased from 2011 to 2016, however with a returned loss ratio of >100% for the mining insurance market in 2017 and 2018, rates levelled out in late 2017, increased by single digits in 2018 and with double digits in 2019. As a result, underwriters have become more selective in the risks that they will consider and markets are reluctant to write any new..., 31 Mar 2020 10:31:42 GMTAurecon plays a vital role in ensuring water security for South AfricaWater security appears regularly in the top five global economic risks, according to the World Economic Forum. With increasing pressure from population growth and the need for water to support economic growth, South Africa’s water security is increasingly at risk. Additional threats are posed by climate change, land-use changes, declining water quality, and catchment degradation. “Not only is it vital that South Africa continues to invest in the development of its physical water infrastructure systems, we must also invest in the people who manage these system and maintain our critical ecological infrastructure such as wetlands, catchments, groundwater aquifers, and river systems,” Aurecon Technical Director James Cullis (Pr Eng, PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering) comments. Aurecon is currently in the process of rebranding as Zutari, after officially announcing the separation of the African business from the Aurecon Group, effective from 1 January 2020. Local..., 31 Mar 2020 10:27:32 GMTGlobal teamwork procures masks for Cummins employees in ChinaPutting their job skills to work, Cummins employees from Johannesburg to Columbus, Indiana in the US sprang into action in February, and procured more than 500 000 protective masks for their fellow employees in China. Chinese residents must wear respiratory masks when in public as the first line of defence against the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). “A lot of colleagues across the world have provided great support in helping us source masks,” Steve Chapman, Cummins’ Group Vice President, China and Russia, comments. “The procurement of the 500 000 FFP2 masks not only ensures the protection of our employees’ health and safety, but also helps us remove one of the major obstacles for the business continuity of our operations in China.” Groups within Cummins, including Indirect Purchasing and Manufacturing teams within the company’s Supply Chain organisation, as well as the Distribution Business’ Global Operations, aggressively..., 31 Mar 2020 10:19:40 GMTBobcat Shop to offer unique merchandise at NAMPO 2020Bobcat Equipment South Africa will host a special Bobcat Shop at the Goscor Group stand at Grain SA’s NAMPO Harvest Day from 12 to 15 May in Bothaville in the Free State. Here visitors to the premier agricultural expo will be able to buy specially-branded Bobcat merchandise. This will be the main feature of the Goscor Earthmoving (GEM) presence at NAMPO 2020, according to National Sales Manager Kevin Purcell. Actual machines on display will be the SY210 excavator from SANY, as well as the B730 backhoe loader and skidsteer loaders from Bobcat. The agricultural industry is an extremely important market for GEM in terms of growth and expansion, according to Kevin Purcell, GEM National Sales Manager for both SANY and Bobcat. Unlike the construction industry, which requires specialised equipment, a vast product range of GEM machines is applicable to the agricultural industry. “The major benefits offered by the GEM brand is low fuel consumption for improved efficiency, together..., 31 Mar 2020 10:16:38 GMTCummins is advancing gender equalityIn its first two years, a Cummins initiative advancing gender equality around the world has impacted more than 100 000 people, and resulted in eight laws or policies promoting gender equality. Cummins Powers Women is an $11 million (and growing) global grant commitment to engineer solutions to gender inequality. The investment supports a range of effective programmes, including grassroots teaching and mentoring, financial advancement through entrepreneurship, leadership training, and strategic guidance to non-profit leaders. Leaders like Oyeyemi Pitan and Amaka Enemo: Both women graduated from the advocacy and leadership accelerator workshop in Nigeria led by Rise Up, one of eight Cummins Powers Women non-profit partners. Enemo knows first-hand how detrimental discrimination can be. She dreamed of going to university, but was discouraged by her family’s meagre financial background. Her friend took her to a nightclub and explained they could make money by answering any man..., 31 Mar 2020 10:12:20 GMTIntelligent automation of data management is an imperative in a skills-scarce environmentThe days of trying to convince the C-suite of the imperative of a comprehensive digitalisation roadmap are well and truly over. There doesn’t appear to be a CEO in the world who doesn’t appreciate the immense value, efficiencies and competitiveness that can be unlocked by fully harnessing the power of the fourth industrial revolution. Of massive concern, however, is that while almost all CEOs in the world agree that digital advancements such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning will change their industries, most of them aren’t confident that their workforce is futureproofed with the right skills to manage data effectively and unlock the kinds of value through efficiency and insights that they need. According to the 22nd annual PWC Global CEO Survey, 55% of CEOs are “extremely concerned” about the availability of key skills related to the effective use of data. In fact, in an article published by PwC’s Digital Pulse in January, it..., 31 Mar 2020 10:09:44 GMTCummins scales up the gas-power game with the new C25G natural-gas generator seriesCummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) introduced its latest gas product innovation, the C25G gas generator series, to the global power generation markets during the 2020 Middle East Energy (MEE) show at the Dubai World Trade Centre in the UAE from 3 to 5 March. The C25G series is engineered to deliver superior fuel efficiency, with a power density of 500 kW and 580 kW from a 25 litre engine, while providing reduced maintenance costs per kWh. Together with interconnectivity across the Cummins gas product range, and the vast support network, the C25G has been designed to support any gas-power need. This new series offers a total package of gas-generator capabilities for combined heat and power (CHP/CCHP), demand side management, and alternative fuel applications, while being suitable for a diverse set of industries, ranging from hospitals and manufacturing to commercial building and utilities requiring continuous operation, whether it is grid parallel or island mode. “Following the launch..., 11 Mar 2020 16:14:31 GMTEM launches 2020 catalogue with 450 new products and latest brandsLeading supplier ElectroMechanica (EM) has launched the latest edition of its biannual product catalogue. The catalogue covers a broad range of new developments across each of the various categories. “We place the same emphasis on the continued introduction of global innovations and solutions, combined with comprehensive and personalised local support and service,” EM Director Richard Nobbs comments. The latest brands in the 2020 catalogue include Chauvin Arnoux, a European leader with over 120 years’ specialist experience in portable test and measurement instruments. New products include an upgraded Lovato contactor range, and the introduction of a new frame size. The Delta ME300 drives are a range of econo compact vector-controlled drives that offer essential built-in functionality, including multi-pump control, built-in brake chopper, RS-485 (Modbus), and support for both IM and PM motors. The CPT PSM series of surge protection devices monitors the earthing system..., 11 Mar 2020 16:12:01 GMTPratley develops another cable gland world-firstThe primary function of any cable gland is to anchor the cable securely to an electrical apparatus. Ex d (flameproof) cable glands obviously provide additional safety performance related to human life preservation in hazardous locations. Strict international testing standards (IEC 60079 series) specify pernicious performance requirements for the certification of such glands. These requirements are so demanding that, up until now, no Ex d/e corrosion-resistant flameproof compression gland on the world market has been certified without some attendant requirements or ‘special conditions’ of use. Pratley Marketing Director Eldon Kruger comments: “It is quite bizarre to pay for a cable gland that, due to its incapability of performing its primary anchoring function, requires the special condition of external clamping.” Also, notwithstanding the extra cost, the external clamp itself must necessarily comply with IEC 61914 (2009 Ed.1). If it is either not fitted or not..., 11 Mar 2020 16:10:05 GMTASP Fire assists architects to make modern buildings safeIt is critical for modern buildings to have the necessary fire detection and protection systems in order to comply fully with the National Building Regulations and Building Standards Act, 1977 (Act 103 of 1977), Fire Protection, as set out in SANS 10400 Part T: 2011. However, ensuring that a building is compliant often requires the involvement of a fire-engineering specialist such as ASP Fire right from the initial design phase, according to CEO Michael van Niekerk. “The first question is what value we can add? If we are engaged early enough, we can often help architects avoid often costly mistakes when it comes to either over- or under-specifying fire-protection systems. This is largely due to the vast experience and track record we have in this regard,” van Niekerk comments. While few architectural firms have the luxury of being able to work on a full range of projects, and invariably focus on a particular market sector, if they do secure a building type out of their..., 11 Mar 2020 16:05:05 GMT