Mining Safety News Safety(c) 2020, Demolition successfully implodes three high-rise buildings in IndiaDemolition specialist Jet Demolition has successfully completed a three-building implosion project in the Maradu region of Kochi in Kerala, India. This is not only the demolition specialist’s first project in India, but also marks the first time that a high-rise building in that country has been demolished by means of implosion. The three high-rise apartment buildings were the 20-storey Holy Faith H2O, the 18-storey Jains Coral Cove, and the 16-storey Golden Kayaloram. The former was imploded successfully on Saturday 11 January 2020, while the latter two were imploded successfully on Sunday 12 January 2020. All three buildings were located within 1.5 km of each other. A successful business relationship established with Edifice Engineering of Mumbai last year resulted in Jet Demolition being recommended, and tendering successfully, for this flagship project. The major concern of the Indian authorities was the safety of the public in this high-density area and surrounding properties,..., 20 Jan 2020 10:19:55 GMTFatality At Kusasalethu MineJohannesburg, Wednesday, 18 December 2019. Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited (“Harmony” and/or “the Company”) regrets to advise that one of its employees tragically succumbed to his injuries following a rail-bound equipment related accident at its Kusasalethu mine, near Carletonville, on Tuesday evening. “We are deeply saddened by the loss of our colleague. We express our condolences to the deceased employee’s family, friends and colleagues,” commented Peter Steenkamp, chief executive officer of Harmony. Harmony is working closely with the relevant authorities to carry out an investigation...., 18 Dec 2019 10:39:40 GMTTackling the technology challenges of mining mergers and acquisitionsMergers and acquisitions are par for the course in the mining industry, and historically there has always been a lot of movement in this sector. This trend has accelerated in recent years, with larger companies divesting their interests and selling off, while new players enter the market. The upshot of this, from a technology perspective, is a hugely complex environment devoid of a clear view across the organisation. Licensing transfer, software and hardware incompatibilities are common challenges. “Many of the mines own their own datacentres and infrastructure which could be legacy hardware with outdated warranties and maintenance. Agreement structures between the newly acquired mine and the holding group may differ, perpetual license agreements may not align and renewal dates could be out of sync.” says Gerhard Olivier, Solutions Consulting Manager at First Technology National. Aside from differences with products and technologies, the fundamental business operations..., 11 Dec 2019 13:23:45 GMTHarmony calls off underground shifts due to continued load-sheddingHarmony Gold Mining Company Limited (“Harmony” and/or “the Company”) confirms that, in response to a request received from power utility Eskom late yesterday afternoon, it has reduced power consumption at its South African operations to levels required only for the maintenance of emergency services. In the interest of safety and due to reduced power supply, night shift employees at Harmony’s South African underground operations did not go underground last night and today’s day shift employees, similarly, will stay on surface. “We will resume shifts as soon as Eskom is able to provide us with the assurance that power supply will be more reliable,” said Peter Steenkamp, chief executive officer of Harmony...., 10 Dec 2019 10:24:00 GMT108-m-high Bank of Lisbon implosion is one of the most complex projects ever undertaken by Jet DemolitionThe successful implosion of the 108-m-high, 31-storey Bank of Lisbon building in the Johannesburg Central Business District (CBD) at 09:00 on Sunday 24 November 2019 is not only the tallest reinforced concrete-frame building ever imploded by Jet Demolition, but also one of its most complex projects ever undertaken. Jet Demolition Director Joe Brinkmann highlights the close working relationship that the demolition specialist established with various stakeholders throughout the course of the project. The co-operation and dedication to the project by all stakeholders, including its main client the Gauteng Department of Infrastructure Development (GDID), various local and provincial departments, project managers, subcontractors, specialists, and the local public, all contributed to the successful implosion of the fire-damaged structure. Safe-making, monitoring, and cleaning of the structure had already commenced in December 2018. The final four months preceding the implosion included..., 01 Dec 2019 10:53:16 GMTCummins New and ReCon Parts launches a range of overhaul and service kitsCummins New and ReCon Parts has announced the launch of a range of overhaul and service kits. The service kits include key components for specific service events, including overhauls, to ensure that all Cummins engines perform in accordance with factory specifications. The QSK19 Parts Reference Guide is used to inform customers about overhaul and rebuild-related major components. The guide is aimed as a supplement to both QuickServe Online and The QSK19 Basic Overhaul Kit (5579318) is applicable to all QSK19 HPI (non-certified and Tier 1) CPLs and MCRS (Tier 2 and 3) CPLs. In addition, the kit is available at a promotional discount price. Two new MidRange overhaul kits are also available for the ISC and ISL engine families. The benefit of the kit is that it offers a reduction to the overall cost compared to buying all of the parts separately. Cummins’ MidRange overhaul kits include all of the mandatory parts necessary for a basic overhaul. This gives customers..., 01 Dec 2019 10:49:25 GMTAECOM delivers complete electrical engineering design solutionsThe Electrical Engineering department of infrastructure company AECOM works in conjunction with all related disciplines – from architectural to mechanical, structural, civils, project management and quantity surveying – to provide fully coordinated design solutions for its clients. Projects range from rail to airports, breweries, automotive, sports stadia and even commercial offices. Such collaboration allows for continuous interaction and coordination between all of the departments, aided by regular project design and coordination meetings to discuss the various interfaces, Johann Wolmarans (Pr Eng CEng MIET), Practice Area Lead, Electrical Engineering at AECOM explains. The Electrical Engineering department consists of a range of engineers, technicians, and BIM modellers, all working together seamlessly as a unit in order to deliver projects. “Our team has a wide variety of skills and expertise that enables us to take on almost any project of any size and complexity,”..., 01 Dec 2019 10:46:54 GMTFire-protection systems are essential for high-value mining assetsIt is essential to undertake pre-shift and weekly inspections on mining vehicles that operate in demanding environments to ensure that the fire system is in working order. This is because mining vehicles such as excavators are high-value assets operating under harsh conditions where there is an inherent danger of fire, warns ASP Fire CEO Michael van Niekerk. During such an inspection, the technician needs to check that the fire protection system nozzles are still attached correctly, covering the high-risk areas effectively; that the blow-off caps are still on; and that there is sufficient pressure in the detection line and in the system. Here ASP Fire can assist mining operations in mitigating any risk posed by fire, which affects productivity and profits. The design and installation of a vehicle fire-protection system requires that mining vehicles are subjected to a Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (HIRA) of potential fires. Each vehicle needs to be assessed carefully within..., 01 Dec 2019 10:43:34 GMTRope access is ideal for industrial cleaning applicationsReduced maintenance downtime and a faster turnaround in a totally safe environment has resulted in the increased popularity of rope access for industrial cleaning applications, reports Skyriders Marketing Manager Mike Zinn. Here rope access is eminently suitable for utility providers such as power stations, which have large areas that are not only inaccessible to general cleaning providers, but that experience ash and dust build-up that needs to be removed on a regular basis. While scaffolding is the traditional means of access to provide for industrial cleaning at power stations, it is both costly and unwieldy in the long term, especially if the area that needs to be cleaned is extensive and also at height. “Rope access is sufficiently flexible to allow for more regular proactive inspection, which assists in reducing overall maintenance budgets,” Zinn highlights. Recently Skyriders combined rope access with the use of industrial vacuum cleaning trucks to remove fly..., 01 Dec 2019 10:40:59 GMTDoing Good Business While Doing GoodOne of the leading challenges faced by the South African mining industry is to ensure that compliance, efficiency and safety standards are adequately met. In 2015, The Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) made amendments to Chapter 8 of the Mine Health and Safety Act. The amendments dictate that employees should be protected against collisions with trackless mobile machines. This resulted in the installation of collision avoidance systems being mandatory for all mining vehicles. According to Pierre Bruwer, Managing Director of Netstar, a subsidiary of Altron; the company introduced its DMR complaint Collision Avoidance Proximity System (CAPS) into its Mining Fleet Solution in September 2018 and is continually investing in Research & Development to improve on the solution. “Netstar believes in constant innovation and doing good business while doing good. Last year we committed to upgrading our CAPS, in-house, to enable level 8 intervention where the automatic slowing down..., 29 Nov 2019 18:59:17 GMT