TRS - Mine Health and Safety Forum | Technology Risk Solutions

Technology Risk Solutions Attended a Summit with the Tripartite stakeholders which concluded the Mine Health and Safety Summit that took place on the 23rd of August.

The objective of the Summit was to review the health and safety performance of the mining sector and to develop strategies to accelerate the achievement of the goal of zero harm. The ten years to 2017 were positive for the sector, as it recorded a downward trend in fatalities. The upward movement seen at the end of 2017 is therefore concerning and requires decisive intervention.

Unfortunately, while the Summit was in progress, five workers lost their lives due to mine accidents. This means that 74 workers have lost their lives this year. The Department has since dispatched a team of inspectors to the respective sites to commence with in-loco inspections. These most recent accidents challenge the stakeholders to work with even more urgency in resolving the challenges the industry faces that impede it from reaching the goal of zero harm.

As we move towards the end of the year, it is critical that employers, employees and the department remain extra vigilant. Historical data on mine accidents has revealed that above 27% of occupational fatalities reported on an annual basis occur during the last quarter of the calendar year. The increase in fatalities and injuries is mainly attributed to production pressures associated with performance incentives; poor supervision; anxiety of the festive season; lack of focus and complacency.

All employers and employees are encouraged to work safely and apply zero tolerance on sub-standard work and conditions. Shift fatigue management systems must be implemented and continuously monitored. In cases where arrangements are made for workers to work overtime, managers must ensure that proper supervision is carried out by all responsible mine personnel and measures are implemented to prevent accidents.

Inspectors from the Department will also intensify the monitoring and enforcement of the law through inspections and audits during the remaining period of the year. All mine workers and supervisors are reminded that unsafe work practices may lead to undesirable circumstances.

All CEOs of mining companies are called upon to host Health and Safety Days from now until the end of January 2019, to ensure that every mineworker is able to enjoy their festive season and beyond, with their families and loved ones.

We must continue to work with the necessary resolve, so we can have a healthy and safe sector that is transformed, productive and competence sector.

Technology Risk Solutions and an Engineer at Anglo American Thermal Coal was tasked with addressing the safety concerns of conveyor belts in the mining industry.

According to the Mine Health and Safety ACT 29 of 1996 it stipulates the following:

DMR guideline for site specific mandatory code of practice for the safe use of conveyor belt installations for the transportation of mineral, material or personnel[2]

Regulation 8.9 (i)[3]
Only persons authorised to do so by the employer operate, maintain, clean and repair a conveyor belt installation; and provided that any routine cleaning outside the designated sections of the conveyor section of the belt is carried out in accordance with a procedure prepared and implemented for this purpose.

Regulation 10.2 (c,d)[4]
As far as reasonably practicable, every manager must ensure that every employee is properly trained (c) in the procedures to be followed to perform that employee’s work; and (d) in relevant emergency procedures.

Technology Risk Solutions offers a full skill set module in conveyor belt that is accredited with the MQA and SAQA. The training that we offer will eliminate the incidents and fatalities that occur while working on a conveyor belt. Guiding and teaching the learner to follow correct procedures and steps when working on a conveyor belt. Which will ensure that the learner is competent and will not make mistakes in the maintenance, installations and inspections that needs to be conducted.

Technology risk solutions attended the summit to discuss our Maintain A Conveyor Belt In The Mining And Minerals Sector Course (MQA/SP/0132/11),

We include the following Unit Standards to complete 37 Credits:
253392 – Maintain a conveyor belt installation
119744 – Select, use and care for engineering hand tools
12219 – Select, use and care for engineering power tools
258925 – Apply and maintain safety in a working environment
253575 – Inspect, use and care for manual lifting equipment and tackle
120331/244448 – Demonstrate knowledge pertaining to fires in working places
244383 – Conduct continuous hazard identification and risk assessment within a workplace
259639 – Explain basic health and safety principles in and around the workplace

The statistics for 2016/2017 Occupational health and safety report are in the link below
Click here to view the Occupational Health and Safety report: 2017

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