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Mining Safety and health education, information and advice
Mining Safety and health education, information and advice

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The private security industry in South Africa is among the largest in the world, with over 9 000 registered companies employing more than 450 000 registered active private security guards. Although it may seem a daunting and expensive task, real-time location-based tracking of this enormous workforce can be done at the touch of a button, using the QCIC range of GPS and GSM-based Guardian remote monitoring platforms.

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A well-maintained cooling tower is essential for optimal system performance. Leading rope access specialist Skyriders is demonstrating the most efficient way of achieving this result in a project to repair a 140-m-high cooling tower at a petrochemical plant in Secunda, Mpumalanga.

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Before deciding what type of glove you should choose, it is important to identify the following factors:

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Do you work in construction or do abrasive blasting?

If so, here are some important facts you need to know:

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To transport materials off-road from one point to another, it is generally necessary to use specialised machines travelling on tracks.

There are several types of transport machines, each serving a specific purpose.

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Many injuries can be prevented by wearing the correct protective clothing/ gear. In this section we would like to discuss the correct clothing and gear required to perform many different mining activities. The Mining Sector could do well to follow the example from the motorcycle community and their acronym ATGATT

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Mining companies spend millions on safety equipment and safety training. Despite all the training some accidents are unavoidable.

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Johnson Controls has released turnkey software to manage and control X-ray machines used in mines and elsewhere for security.

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A large part of this documentation will be devoted to safety in an effort to heighten anyone dealing with tyres awareness of the risks associated with using earthmover tyres. Bear in mind that a giant tyre weighs over 4 tons, measures 4.20 m diameter and has an internal volume of 9 000 litres.

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Hazards are present in almost every workplace. The Occupational Health and Safety Act, 1993, requires the employer to bring about and maintain, as far as ‘reasonably practicable’, a work environment that is safe and without risk to the health of the workers. This means that it is every employer’s responsibility to ensure a safe working environment for employees, in almost every industry (there are exceptions).
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