The South African mining industry has been making great safety strides, with mining fatalities falling for eight straight years, until last year. The upturn in the fatality toll has placed mine safety in the spotlight once again with government ramping up safety inspections and signalling that it will increase scrutiny.
As a mine manager, poor health and safety management can lead to arbitrary work stoppages, costing billions of rands in lost output and putting mines and jobs on the line. In this three-part post, we look at nine ways to help reduce mining accidents. See part 1 of this post for the first three ways in which mines can reduce accidents.
Here are the next three ways which can assist mines in reducing accidents:
Follow latest safety standards
Your mine safety documents and procedures need to be updated regularly in line with the latest safety standards. All equipment must be serviced regularly and kept at an operating level that aligns with current safety standards. If an item no longer complies with the current safety standards, replace it, even if this means increasing expenses or delaying a project. Your employees should never work with outdated safety equipment.
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Document your safety procedures
When accidents happen, your employees need to know exactly what to do and who to call. Document and display all your safety procedures clearly and ensure that they are placed in prominent locations around the mine. Describe the various incidents that may occur and how each one should be handled so that there is no confusion or uncertainty that leads to unnecessary accidents or fatalities.
Take extra care with dangerous tasks
From time to time you will need to perform a task that is more dangerous than usual. Extra care should be taken during these times. You should allot the necessary amount of time to plan properly and execute the task. You should never compromise the safety of your employees for deadlines. The cost of an accident or fatality will be much higher in the long run.
Don’t miss part three of our post where we look at three more ways to reduce mining accidents.
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