Mining Safety News Safety(c) 2019, SANY coal-handling buckets boost productivity at Kusile MiningThe addition of special coal-handling buckets to the three SANY SYL956 front-end loaders acquired by Kusile Mining from Goscor Earth Moving has improved productivity dramatically at the company’s two opencast mines. Kusile Mining is part of African Coal Trading (ACT), a 51% black-owned junior mining company. Kusile Mining operates Uitspan Colliery just outside Emalahleni, and Noodhulp Colliery close to Eskom’s Hendrina Power Station. Uitspan Colliery supplies its run-of-mine material to Puleng, while Noodhulp Colliery supplies Woestleen. The two processing plants have a combined throughput of about 220 000 tph, with Puleng accounting for 80 000 t, and Woestleen the remaining 140 000 t. Two of the three SANY SYL956H loaders have been deployed at Puleng, while the third works at Woestleen. Brad Freeman, Sales Consultant for both brands under GEM explains that, having previously used rented front-end loaders, Kusile Mining recently decided to purchase its own equipment outright..., 12 Nov 2019 15:09:16 GMTThird consecutive triumph for Jet Demolition at World Demolition AwardsThe safe decontamination and demolition of three redundant gold and uranium complexes has resulted in specialist Jet Demolition winning its third consecutive award at the annual World Demolition Awards 2019 at Boston in the US, this year in the Recycling and Environmental category for a mine rehabilitation project. “The vast majority of early metallurgical plants in South Africa had integrated cyanide leaching processes, aiding in optimal precious-metal recovery and uranium processing. This resulted in large complexes producing gold, uranium, and sulphuric acid. Throughout the lifecycle of these plants, unforeseen spillages were not uncommon, resulting in highly-contaminated infrastructure that typically degraded towards the end of life-of-mine,” Jet Demolition Director Joe Brinkmann explains. The prestigious awards are hosted by Demolition & Recycling International, published by the KHL Group, in conjunction with the European Demolition Association. The awards were..., 12 Nov 2019 15:06:42 GMTBI is exclusive distributor for CRAFT bearings of EuropeA leading European supplier of high-quality, low-cost bearings for a range of industrial, agricultural, and automotive aftermarket applications is the latest international brand to be added to the product stable of leading supplier Bearings International (BI), part of the Hudaco Group. With the local market increasingly price-sensitive as it strives to cut costs due to the prevailing economic conditions, BI decided to assist its customers by offering another brand at the lower end of the price spectrum. “It is often the case that premium brands do not have to be used in all applications. CRAFT bearings give end users the assurance of quality, tested bearings that are also highly affordable,” BI Business Unit Head Ross Trevelyan comments. BI Offer Marketing Manager Victor Strobel reveals that the new range will be introduced in a phased approach. Ball bearing units, the largest-volume sellers, will be introduced initially, and tapered roller bearings, cylinder roller..., 06 Nov 2019 08:04:59 GMTSkyriders oversees snagging at new silo for coal-mining companyWhen a major coal-mining company in Limpopo built a new silo as part of its ongoing expansion, Skyriders (Pty) Ltd. became involved upfront in specifying the type of rope-access anchors needed for future inspection and maintenance. This also allowed Skyriders to assist with the final snagging process of the new silo before official handover to the client. Snagging involves identifying any final improvements or modifications needed. The process is particularly important with such a massive structure, with the coal silo topping out at a height of 30 m. At the time of snagging, all the traditional means of access required for the construction phase had already been dismantled, Skyriders Marketing Manager Mike Zinn points out. “To rebuild that scaffolding solely for the snagging process would have been prohibitively expensive and time-consuming,” Zinn highlights. However, due to the foresight of the client in incorporating rope-access anchor points in the original design,..., 06 Nov 2019 08:03:23 GMTBobcat skidsteer attachments ideal for materials-handling applicationsSkidsteer loaders from Bobcat Equipment South Africa are ideal for a wide range of materials-handling applications in agriculture and construction, from cleaning-up operations to trenching and loading. This is due to the fact that they can be customised by means of a range of attachments, turning these into tough workhorses. Trencher attachments allow Bobcat skidsteer loaders to tackle tough trenching jobs with ease. The easy-to-use trencher attachments are built for improved trench digging and added reliability on-site. The trencher is the ideal attachment for maintenance crews, municipalities, fibreoptic installation, plumbing, landscaping contractors, and rental facilities. The trencher is designed with the power and strength to dig in even tough, rocky soil types. The side-shift feature – which can be manual or hydraulic, depending on the model – can be used to dig a trench close to buildings, fences, and other objects. The trencher can even be equipped with different..., 28 Oct 2019 08:34:39 GMTAfrican mines gear up with refurbishment service from SEW-EURODRIVE (Pty) Ltd.A convenient and cost-effective option for ageing African mines, some of them 50 to 60 years’ old, is to have their geared units professionally and cost-effectively refurbished by SEW-EURODRIVE (Pty) Ltd. Supplementing its refurbishment capability, the drive engineering specialist can also offer a drop-in gearbox replacement service. Geared units are particularly difficult to refurbish or modify on mines, as their large size means that production has to be halted temporarily in order to gain access. This has a hugely negative impact on any mining operation’s bottom line. Thus, many mines hold out on replacing these essential high-capex items for as long as possible. SEW-EURODRIVE (Pty) Ltd. is now able to replace historically-inefficient worm gear units with the latest helical and helical bevel gearboxes, made from case-hardened steel for maximum durability. The major advantage for mining clients, in particular, is that no modification to or adjustment of the original..., 17 Oct 2019 13:48:54 GMTDealing with asbestos, hazardous materials at industrial and mining sitesA critical aspect of the removal of industrial, chemical, and mining plants is dealing with any hazardous materials present on-site in a responsible and cost-effective manner, while complying with all applicable regulations. Jet Demolition has carried out such projects under extremely demanding conditions, including radioactive decontamination according to IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) and NNR (National Nuclear Regulator) standards. “We also regularly conduct decontamination and safe disposal of a broad spectrum of hazardous industrial materials and chemical substances,” Jet Demolition Safety Manager Marthinus Botha (N. Dip. Safety Management) comments. The demolition specialist is well-equipped and experienced to deliver environmentally-responsible, but also practical, projects for large industrial and mining sites. It has previously demolished an extensive range of industrial, chemical, and mining plants, where a wide spectrum of toxic or hazardous materials..., 17 Oct 2019 13:47:12 GMTGoscor Group announces latest Bobcat, SANY appointmentsIndustrial equipment group Goscor Group has announced that Brian Rachman will move into the role of National Operations Manager for both the Bobcat and SANY brands. In addition, Kevin Purcell will assume the role of National Sales Manager, taking over the management of the sales team. Goscor is a Bud Group company, representing leading equipment brands across several sectors. These include compact and construction equipment from Bobcat Equipment South Africa, and SANY earthmoving equipment from Goscor Earth Moving (GEM), under the leadership of MD Barry Owen. Rachman’s new role will be critical for these businesses going forward. It will involve identifying and managing risk as growth is leveraged using the Goscor Finance book. “The role requires someone with an intimate knowledge of the intricacies of the commercial side of our business, but who is also a technical person,” Owen explains. Rachman is a qualified heavy earthmoving technician by trade, has run the..., 10 Oct 2019 16:02:40 GMTAury Africa Mozambique Lda is established in TeteThe burgeoning coal-mining industry in Mozambique has seen the successful establishment of Aury Africa Mozambique Lda in Tete, Aury Africa Managing Director Sydney Parkhouse reveals. In recent years, Mozambique has proven to be a country with great potential, particularly in the coal-mining sector. This is an area in which Aury and, in particular, its holding company, Dadi Engineering and Development Group (DEDG), has many years of experience in both design and operation. Parkhouse comments that Mozambique is on an upward investment trend as more international companies view the country in a positive light. Establishing a strong presence in the country itself is an important part of Aury Africa extending its footprint on the continent. “Any company operating in a foreign country needs to have a local presence. The growing demand requires local expertise to be developed by those with the necessary skills,” Parkhouse stresses. Aury already has a depth of experience..., 10 Oct 2019 16:01:26 GMTPerfect synergy between drones, rope access at smokestack inspectionThe perfect synergy between drone technology and traditional rope access was demonstrated at a recent inspection project undertaken by Skyriders at one of the country’s oldest power stations, located in Mpumalanga. The fast-track project was undertaken in conjunction with partner company Nyeleti Consulting (Pty) Ltd. The two-part project involved the inspection of two 155-m-high smokestacks. The external inspection component was carried out by a two-person team deploying hi-tech drones fitted with high-definition 4K and thermal cameras. The thermal imaging was carried out very early in the morning, before the sun’s heat could have an impact on the smokestacks. This was necessary to identify any hotspots that could indicate areas where the internal brick lining of the concrete wind shield had deteriorated, Skyriders Marketing Manager Mike Zinn comments. In the second part of the project, a two-person rope access team took core samples from the two smokestacks. This involved..., 30 Sep 2019 13:12:25 GMT