Mining Safety News Safety(c) 2019, continues diversification drive by exhibiting at Propak Africa 2019Shumani Industrial Equipment continues to make inroads into diverse market segments and to generate brand awareness about its complete solutions offering by exhibiting at leading trade fairs in South Africa. The latest example was a highly successful showing at Propak Africa 2019 from 12 to 15 March at the Nasrec Expo Centre in Johannesburg. The importance of packaging and its ancillary industries took centre stage at Africa’s ultimate packaging, food processing, plastics, printing, and labelling trade exhibition. Shumani Industrial Equipment was one of 600 exhibitors highlighting the latest technologies and innovations, state-of-the-art equipment and machinery, and auxiliary products and services. “Packaged products on retail shelves are largely as a result of the collective food-processing, packaging, plastics, print and labelling industries, which is why it’s so important to showcase these industries under one roof,” said Propak Africa 2019 Event Director..., 17 Jul 2019 09:31:40 GMTSkyriders makes quick work of massive storage-tank maintenance projectRope access has made quick work of a major tank inspection and cleaning project for a large South African petrochemical producer. Skyriders Access Specialists (Pty) Ltd. deployed a ten-person team for the 18-day project, with the tank itself measuring 46 m in diameter and 15 m high. Completed in late May, the project forms part of the petrochemical producer’s ongoing maintenance cycle, which sees its storage tanks emptied, cleaned, and inspected, whereafter any maintenance necessary is carried out. In this instance, the tank in question was shut down for statutory inspection and maintenance, according to Skyriders Marketing Manager Mike Zinn. Rope access was the ideal solution, as it allowed rope access technicians with confined-space experience to move along the roof beams and girders in order to mechanically clean the beams themselves and the sidewalls as quickly and as safely as possible. “The storage tank was found to be in good condition, so fortunately not much work..., 17 Jul 2019 09:28:03 GMTRianke partners with Bobcat, SANY to service Anglo in MpumalangaA successful partnership with Bobcat Equipment South Africa and Goscor Earth Moving (GEM) has seen Rianke t/a Botshabelo secure a maintenance contract with Anglo American for its Bobcat and SANY fleet at its various mining operations in the Mpumalanga Coal Belt. Established in 2009 in eMalahleni, and starting out in corporate gifts and personal protective equipment before branching out into maintenance work, founders Jarryd Abdinor and Bisco Mohlala saw an opportunity to secure the Anglo American contract due to its experience with the Bobcat and SANY brands to date. In addition, Rianke has just moved into brand-new premises in eMalahleni itself, including workshop and maintenance facilities. It also has a team of technicians that are able to go to site if need be and attend to repairs there to minimise downtime, or the machines can be swopped out with spare units. It can also accommodate walk-in trade for high-volume consumables such as filters and tyres. “We often send our..., 10 Jul 2019 16:27:22 GMTCummins Ghana completes Goldfields pump repower projectMining site operations are extremely demanding, and dewatering pumps need to run continuously to remove groundwater to ensure non-stop mining. A recent pump repower project in Ghana demonstrated Cummins’ product knowledge and engineering strength to power the success of customers in one of the key markets in the Africa Middle East region. The segment is led by Mohamed Othman, based in Dubai. At the beginning of this year, the Cummins Ghana technical team, in collaboration with the on-site service support team, Account Manager and West Africa Territory Manager, combined their expertise to successfully carry out the repowering of five dewatering pumps for BCM at a Goldfields site in Tarkwa, Ghana. The dewatering pumps are used for pumping water in a 24-hour dewatering mine pit. Before the repower, the customer experienced product failures and support challenges. This resulted in them approaching Cummins Ghana for product options. Joshua K. Cobbah, the Regional Leader for Cummins..., 10 Jul 2019 16:25:25 GMTFatality at Kusasalethu MineHarmony Gold Mining Company Limited (“Harmony” and/or “the Company”) regrets to advise that an employee was fatally injured following a shaft-related incident at its Kusasalethu mine, near Carletonville, during the evening on Friday, 28 June 2019. “We are extremely saddened by the loss of our colleague. We wish to express our deepest condolences to the deceased employee’s family, friends and colleagues,” said Peter Steenkamp, chief executive officer of Harmony. An investigation into the incident is currently underway. Source:, 01 Jul 2019 12:23:31 GMTPassport 360 is a ‘game changer’ for Anglo AmericanDiversified mining house Anglo American has always relied on the latest technology to locate new resources, plan and build new mining operations, and process and market its products around the world. It is for this reason that the commodities giant has cited Passport 360 as “a real game changer” in its business across the world. “Not only has Passport 360 slashed onboarding time for our contractors, it has also made the ongoing management thereof far easier and less time-consuming,” Anglo American SHE Manager Craig Mitrovich comments. “This allows our safety officers to focus more on safety on-site, and a lot less on paper management.” He notes: “We have had very positive feedback from the majority of our contractors, with a number also starting to utilise the system to manage their projects and sub-contractors.” Prior to the adoption of Passport 360, Anglo American managed its safety and quality entirely on paper. Hence contractors..., 19 Jun 2019 12:50:37 GMTIntelligent local RFID solutions help mines adhere to health and safety requirements with ease.In the mining and construction industries, health and safety regulations must be adhered to at all times. There are strict requirements for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) when entering certain areas of a mine or site, and if these requirements are not followed, lives are at stake. In addition, employers are held liable in the event of injury or death. Ensuring that employees are in possession of all required safety equipment at all times is paramount but has traditionally proven challenging to effectively enforce. RFID tags in all equipment, used in combination with intelligent locally developed software solutions, is the key to solving this challenge. While the requirements for safety equipment in mines or on-site are clear, there has simply been no way to guarantee that individuals are adhering to these regulations. Workers know they need, for example, a hard hat to enter their workplace. If they have forgotten theirs, often might simply borrow a friend’s for the entry..., 19 Jun 2019 12:49:21 GMTRope access facilitates NDT inspection at a major power stationMagnetic Particle Inspection (MPI), a form of Non-Destructive Testing (NDT), is far more cost-effective and efficient as a maintenance method if it is carried out using rope access. This was proven recently at a large coal-fired power station in Limpopo, where Skyriders Access Specialists (Pty) Ltd. was called upon to examine three specific areas in a large boiler. Installing scaffolding for such an operation is both costly and time-consuming, increasing the downtime of the power station itself. Instead, Skyriders simply had a two-person team of qualified rope access technicians abseil into the structure to carry out the inspection at the exact location where it was required. MPI is mainly used to detect surface and shallow subsurface discontinuities in ferromagnetic materials such as iron, nickel, cobalt, and some alloys. The process involves direct or indirect magnetisation of the area in question. The magnetic lines of force are perpendicular to the direction of the electric..., 19 Jun 2019 12:35:35 GMTStabila laser distance measurers draw the line in underground miningFrom shaft foremen to surveyors and environmental personnel, Stabila measuring equipment, distributed locally by leading supplier Upat, is finding increasing application in the mining industry. Here the most popular Stabila product range is its laser distance measurers, Upat Technical Specialist – Mining & Utilities Clayton Dry reveals. “One of our major gold-mining clients is using Stabila’s range of rotational lasers to line-up shaft buntings.” The most popular Stabila laser distance measurers supplied to the underground mining industry at present are its LD 320 and LD 520 models. The latter is a digital target locator with a 4x zoom, a 360° inclination sensor, Bluetooth capability for data transfer, and individually-assignable operating heads. The LD 320, on the other hand, is distinguished by its ease-of-use, rapid measuring results and large easy-to-read digits. Its working area is 0.2m to 60m, with a typical accuracy of ±2mm and an IP54..., 19 Jun 2019 12:30:10 GMTEasing the pain of liquid spill clean-upsWell-known manufacturer Pratley recently identified a need for a product that can be used in pollution control. More specifically, in the easy and efficient clean-up of liquid spills in the mining and other industrial sectors. The result was more than they had hoped for, and a completely natural, mineral-based product called Gunge Spunge was born. The main application of Gunge Spunge is the absorption and clean-up of hydrocarbon and other liquid spills in factories, forecourts, garages, workshops and similar areas. This makes the product ideal for users such as spill clean-up companies, service stations, disaster management services, hospitals, abattoirs, DIY enthusiasts, general industry and even ordinary households. “Traditionally, sawdust and other flammable materials were used to clean up highly-combustible hydrocarbons. This was a disaster waiting to happen, not to mention the fact that they were largely ineffective. The result is that most municipalities now prohibit the..., 14 Jun 2019 10:21:40 GMT