Mining Safety News Safety(c) 2020, ways to boost the availability of your mining equipmentIt could cost a mine operator over a thousand dollars per hour for a mining dump truck or a mining excavator not to be working. With such high costs associated with downtime, there is no question how important it is to improve equipment availability within the mining industry. Let’s define equipment availability as the duration the equipment is ready when it matters. This is important for many applications, including you being able to do something personal like drive your car when you need it. However, what makes mining exceptional is the combination of downtime costs and the continuous need for the equipment to operate. A typical mine works 24/7 throughout the year, for years to decades. A mining haul truck could work for over 600 hours a month, which is the equivalent of two years of driving for an average US driver. Given the importance of equipment availability for miners, let’s get into five impactful ways to boost its availability. 1. Begin with the engines..., 22 Sep 2020 09:27:21 GMTTemporary employment services – your mining partner in trying economic timesBy Hendri Poolman, Area Manager at Workforce Staffing In these current and unprecedented times where no industry is left untouched, companies need to invest in the right partners that will enable them to weather the storm with a skilled staff complement that sees operations running optimally, in spite of the challenges. This is the case for the South African mining industry. The South African mining industry is a critical cog in the wheel of the economy and has undergone some important changes to adjust to the new normal. Fortunately, most of the larger mining conglomerates have protected their employees, providing a stable income despite operational interruption. That said, the implementation of Level 5 of lockdown undoubtedly caught mining houses unaware; however, it did provide mines with the time to prepare and implement the requisite health protocols. Ultimately, ensuring that employees are safe and healthy guarantees that mines are running at almost-optimal production,..., 16 Sep 2020 11:59:12 GMTSkyriders assists Diesel Innovations with genset project at Helen JosephRope-access specialist Skyriders assisted leading standby power solutions provider Diesel Innovations with the installation of ducting required for a genset project at Helen Joseph Hospital in Johannesburg. The project called for a large exhaust pipe from the ground installation up to the roof of the building, explains Skyriders Marketing Manager Mike Zinn. The 12 m ducting was 350 mm in diameter, and had to be installed in quite a constrained space. This meant that rope access was the ideal solution as opposed to scaffolding, which takes time to set-up and is also more costly and involves more manpower. “Rope access was definitely the best option to install this ducting,” comments Zinn. The three-person Skyriders team simply rigged the ropes required in order to abseil down from the roof. They then brought up the ducting in sections, and installed saddle brackets in order to secure it properly. The one-day project was completed successfully in the first week of June...., 14 Sep 2020 14:12:28 GMTHMA Geotechnical solution for Greenfield ammonia plant in IndonesiaHMA Geotechnical has supplied its Wisenmeshnet® wireless infrastructure monitoring system for one of the largest industrial projects in Eastern Indonesia. This is the first time that this system, intended mainly for mining and civil engineering, has been adapted successfully for such an application. PT Panca Amara Utama (PAU) is a 700 000 million ton per annum (MTPA), US$830 million Greenfield ammonia plant in the Batui District, Banggai Regency, Central Sulawesi in Indonesia. The project represents a commitment to prioritise local manufacturing to convert the country’s natural resources into industrial products. As such it supports the development of the manufacturing sector in Eastern Indonesia. PAU is the first ammonia plant in Sulawesi, and the second privately-owned plant in Indonesia. Ammonia is a chemical compound used in the manufacture of fertiliser, explosives, acids and other petrochemical products. PAU is a subsidiary of Surya Esa Perkasa (SEP), Indonesia’s..., 14 Sep 2020 14:07:49 GMTHitachi ABB Power Grids innovates world-first disaster recovery solution based on modular mobile substationsGame-changing ‘plug and play’ solution vastly reduces time to restore power from 18 months to seven days, contributing to affordable, reliable and sustainable energy Hitachi ABB Power Grids has pioneered a ground-breaking modular mobile substation solution which vastly reduces the time to restore power in the case of major disruptive events such as natural disasters. This world-first 400 kV multi-voltage modular mobile substation system can be rapidly deployed and installed to restore power from an average duration of 18 months – required for the new build of a conventional substation – to only seven days. Each mobile substation, equipped with high-voltage hybrid switchgear and protection and control solutions, is compact in design and ready for fast energisation. This game-changing ‘plug and play’ solution contributes to Hitachi ABB Power Grids’ vision of ensuring access to affordable, reliable and sustainable energy. “Wherever you..., 03 Sep 2020 10:05:40 GMTExtended warranty ensures peace of mind for Bobcat skidsteer ownersSkidsteer customers have peace of mind that warranties from Bobcat Equipment South Africa ensure protection against repairs due to any failures in materials or workmanship. In addition, an extended warranty greatly reduces a customer’s exposure to financial risk. “All Bobcat skidsteers (with the exception of the S18) now include an extended three-year, 4 000 hour warranty at no additional cost to the customer,” reveals National Aftermarket Manager Arina van der Westhuizen. It also gives customers a higher resale value in that if they decide to sell their equipment, any remaining warranty coverage can be transferred to the next owner. The extended warranty also informs a prospective buyer that the machine has received superior care and maintenance. “We want to assure our customers of our continued commitment, give them piece of mind around the perceived value of their equipment and combine quality and price in order to increase the value we offer. We strongly..., 03 Sep 2020 10:03:52 GMTCoronavirus - a hazardous distraction in the mining and construction industriesIn recent weeks there has been an enhanced spotlight on alcohol consumption in South Africa and the various dangers associated with it. Media and government have shone light on just how many casualties, traumas and accidents alcohol is directly responsible for. Realising the very real dangers posed by intoxicated people and the very high alcohol abuse problem amongst South Africans Government has also recently Gazetted procedures to for mines to carry out safe breathalyser testing. It’s essential that construction and mining companies prioritise intoxication testing with confidence. Back to work With a few tweaks to the standard operating procedure for breathalysers they are safe to use and will not increase the risk of infection. Things such as the use of a face mask, face shields and gloves for the operator are mandatory along with physical equipment enhancements that make it possible to add a level of physical distancing between the operator, the test apparatus and subject..., 27 Aug 2020 09:34:08 GMTAECOM celebrates women’s achievements in STEM careersInfrastructure consulting company AECOM is highly supportive of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) careers. Achievements are celebrated and actively encouraged across the company worldwide, while mentoring environments allow all people in similar situations to interact and obtain advice. “It’s a very inclusive place to work,” comments Kim Timm (Pr Eng), Executive – Structures, Buildings and Places at AECOM. As South Africa pays tribute in August to the 20 000 women who bravely protested against pass laws in 1956, Kim reflects on the need for people to be free to choose to follow the careers that appeal to them without fear of bias or judgement from friends, families or colleagues. “All people bring different assets and approaches to their work. Often when you consider something from only one perspective, the decisions you make are biased and one-sided, despite all efforts to the contrary. With contrasting viewpoints, you..., 27 Aug 2020 09:29:40 GMTCummins AME PD&I is committed to delivering power to customers despite the Covid-19 pandemicAt the end of 2019, Cummins Africa Middle East (AME) was contracted by a leading provider of cloud and computing web services to supply nine C3000D5E units enclosed in customised acoustic enclosures. The Cummins team had to leverage relationships inside and outside the organisation to expedite the necessary resources to complete the project on time. The genset packaging process inside the acoustic enclosures started early, based on the customer’s strategic global requirement. In addition to the early start, the project’s delivery schedule had to be reviewed to find areas where the build could be expedited to meet the customer’s delivery milestones. The project faced comprehensive design-related and implementation challenges in the previous phase. These challenges had to be addressed in Phase 2. Over three-week period, several stakeholders were involved in developing a comprehensive list based on the previous two years of operation to ensure that all design and operational..., 27 Aug 2020 09:26:59 GMTKBC Health & Safety assists Anglo Khwezela with on-site COVID-19 testingAfter it was announced that mines could resume production at the beginning of May, KBC Health & Safety partnered with Workforce Healthcare to assist Anglo Khwezela Colliery to improve the Onboarding process for its contractors by means of a mobile on-site clinic. The clinic was staffed by qualified nurses to safely screen mineworkers and members of the public. The screening began on 4 May 2020, with two nurses (ramping up to four during maximum capacity) screening between 30 and 40 persons a day. In a short space of time, almost 1 000 persons underwent screening at the mobile on-site clinic. The Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) requires that each contractor returning to site must produce a screening report stating that it has undergone the required medical screening, which has been signed off by a registered occupational nurse. The essential service provided by KBC Health & Safety has allowed Anglo Khwezela Colliery to get its operations back on track and remain compliant..., 19 Aug 2020 13:46:15 GMT