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 and 2 for the first 6 ways to reduce mining accidents.
Herewith the last three ways we discuss to help reduce mining accidents:
Invest in professional training
As legislation and the mining environment changes, you need to invest in proper professional safety training. All your staff should undergo regular mine specific safety training that includes theory and practical sections. This should apply to all your employees across the board not only your new staff members. You should also ensure that employees with strenuous roles undergo regular health and fitness assessments to determine if they are still able to take on the physical demands of their jobs.
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It is not enough to simply train your employees and trust that all will go well. Long hours and strenuous work can take its toll and that is when safety practices start to slip. There are no exceptions and all staff must abide by the rules. Supervisors must be diligent about following up and enforcing the rules. They need to know the whereabouts of all team members throughout each shift and all workers should be kept informed on what their team members are doing throughout the day.
Always wear safety equipment
The use of personal protective equipment is non-negotiable in a mining environment. No one should be allowed on site without the correct safety equipment from head to toe. Many lives have been saved by safety equipment and as mentioned before it is essential that the safety equipment is up to standard.
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