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Drill rod care & maintenance

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MBI Drilling Products offers its products and services in Canada, Mexico, Peru, Chile, South Africa, Morocco and even Russia. We’re currently looking at even more countries! 

As you know, drill rods need to be maintained properly to ensure their longevity. Watch this video to learn how to do it in just a few simple steps! 


We recently announced that we’d be launching a blog on our website. It’s ready! Feel free to check it out and let us know if you have any ideas for more topics! 

Precise, delicate and challenging: drilling is a little-known form of art. Drillers aren’t often recognized, but it goes without saying that they’re indispensable. Learn more about the realities of Canadian and South American drillers in this new blog post!

It’s true that there are many types of additives, but grease is indispensable for lubricating accessories and reducing friction in drill rods. But how do you choose the right grease and determine how much to apply?

Gloves: what capabilities matter?

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In the last ten years the mining industry has become very diligent about requiring gloves for tasks. In most cases, staff can choose from a wide variety of glove options, all providing good to excellent cut and puncture resistance for the most common hazards. The industry has seen a commensurate reduction in minor hand injuries as a result.

But what of heavier hazards? Especially around reverse-circulation and rotary-type drills, suspended loads are heavy and often must be maneuvered in close quarters. There are "driller's gloves" that claim to be suited for these tasks and some are.

Specialty driller's gloves were produced, promising fewer injuries and better grip. They certainly looked formidable, but how much protection did they offer and at what cost to manual dexterity? In many cases we found that heavy gloves were necessary only for limited tasks and those limited tasks did not require great dexterity. This allowed us to mandate the use of heavy gloves as appropriate without engaging on the dexterity issues. Crews are encouraged to change gloves for more dexterous tasks.

Any discussion of PPE must start with a task risk assessment or observation, followed by application of the hierarchy of controls for each step. Many of the conditions we once accepted as the way things were done have disappeared as guarding, communications and system checks have been added to the process.

The hierarchy of controls must include strong procedural and administrative controls for those tasks that cannot be eliminated. Your workers must know the requirements and the reasons for those requirements. The use of mandated safety gear must be supported and enforced by every worker, with audits and support from the safety group to ensure compliance. This article will describe desirable glove qualities for remaining hazards.

So, what qualities and capabilities matter to your users?

  • Colour: high-visibility colors are the only logical choice for heavy gloves. Gloves are being used as a last line of defense in a critical task. Awareness is the basis for physical protection. Give your users a chance to build awareness around where hands and fingers are in a given task. In addition to high visibilty colors, we trained that in a two-man team, each worker watched the hands of the other. The person with hands in the danger zone was watching the operator's hands to make sure no controls were in operation. The operator watched the worker's hands to make sure they were clear before operating. High visibility colors made this awareness easier.

  • Grip: Most heavy gloves are available with a variety of grip material from heavy cotton to leather. Including your workers in your risk assessment will point to the type of grip material best for the task you are evaluating. Remember to ask about grip conditions several hours into a shift. How does a material stand up to exposure to water, oil, grease or mud? How often should gloves be changed?

  • Padding: Padding choices in heavy gloves seem weighted toward knuckle-skinning hazards. While this is a reasonable protection for mechanic gloves, where there is a crushing hazard look for wrap-around padding that can distribute the force around the fingers. One manufacturer demonstrates this by encouraging customers to put their hand inside a glove then strike it with a mallet. Do not try this with knuckle-guard-only gloves! Where a large pad on the back of the hand may distribute force across the back of the hand to reduce injury, knuckle guards are too small to effectively distribute force across a larger area.

    Again, return to your risk assessment. If the hazard is skinned knuckles, guard against that. If the hazard is a crushing injury, make sure the glove pads can distribute the force.

  • Fit: every glove is most effective when it fits best and most likely to be used when that fit is comfortable. Involve your users in determining the range of sizes to stock and don't be afraid to give those with much larger or much smaller hands their own supply of appropriately-sized gloves. A glove left on the workbench helps no one.

  • Insulation: If a worker is wearing gloves to keep his hands warm, it will be hard to ask him to don cold heavy gloves for a task in cold weather or wet gloves. Change gloves with the seasons to assure use and keep enough on hand that employees can change them out when saturated.

Gloves are not cheap and heavy gloves are amongst the more expensive gloves. They are worth the expense when you are confident they provide the protection you want your workers to have. Training employees to use them appropriately will provide better protection for workers.
Keeping a bucket of soapy water available for saturated gloves provides a place to put dirty gloves during the shift. During cleanup, the gloves and water can be agitated to clean them then the gloves can be laid out to dry for use the next day.

Like all PPE, gloves are a last line of defense. Though we invest in gloves, we should all be spending much more time evaluating tasks and applying the hierarchy of controls to ensure we don't need that last line of defense for any of our PPE.

Kolomela Projects Proudly Achieves 4 Years with no Lost Time Injuries

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By T.C.P. Booysen and W.C. Olivier

On Sunday, 29 July 2018 Master Drilling Exploration’s (MDX) Kolomela project achieved 4 years without Lost Time Injury (LTI) or nearly 1 million LTI free man-hours. This is truly a remarkable feat considering the project employs over 100 people operating 15 drill rigs with supporting logistics at any given time.  This achievement reflects the strong safety awareness and culture of not only the MDX SHEQ department but every employee on the site. This milestone could also not have been achieved without the close collaboration of our client, Kumba Iron Ore and, more specifically, the Kolomela safety and leadership teams to whom MDX would also like to give credit.


“Safety must come first, and I believe there is no reason we can’t have an injury-free workplace. Our team have really embraced this approach, understanding incidents not only impact our work, but importantly, family and home life too”, TCP Booysen, MDX senior safety officer. 

On the 15th of August 2018, the General Manager of Kolomela Mine, Mr. Masala Mutangwa and some members of his Kolomela Leadership Team (KLT), presented MDX with a certificate for this milestone safety achievement.

 Left to right: Mr. Eddie Dixon (COO -– MDX); Mr. Trevor Booysen (Senior SHERQ – MDX); Mr. Macdonald Modise (Full-time SHE rep – Kolomela); Mr. Masala Mutangwa (GM – Kolomela); Ms. Refilwe Legotlo (Acting MTS – Manager); Mr. Jackie Lourence (Section Manager – SHE Kolomela); Mr. Jasper Coetzee (Operations Manager – MDX) and Mr. Puso Galehole (Safety Officer – MDX).

Left to right: Mr. Eddie Dixon (COO -– MDX); Mr. Trevor Booysen (Senior SHERQ – MDX); Mr. Macdonald Modise (Full-time SHE rep – Kolomela); Mr. Masala Mutangwa (GM – Kolomela); Ms. Refilwe Legotlo (Acting MTS – Manager); Mr. Jackie Lourence (Section Manager – SHE Kolomela); Mr. Jasper Coetzee (Operations Manager – MDX) and Mr. Puso Galehole (Safety Officer – MDX).


The COO of MDX commended the team for this remarkable achievement but emphasised that they should not become complacent and should remain vigilant and innovative in the ways they approach safety, always advocating “safety as a culture” on site.

 Mr. Eddie Dixon, Chief Operating Officer – MDX, congratulating the Kolomela team on their excellent achievement, but warning to not be complacent, to remain vigilant and do everything possible to maintain good safety performance.

Mr. Eddie Dixon, Chief Operating Officer – MDX, congratulating the Kolomela team on their excellent achievement, but warning to not be complacent, to remain vigilant and do everything possible to maintain good safety performance.


The Kolomela Project has implemented several initiatives which contributed to achieving this excellent safety milestone, including but not limited to the following:

  • Ensuring that the site has the correct skills and competent persons for each job;

  • Strong safety processes which encourage pro-active safety behaviour;

  • Encouraging a culture of safety – both as a collective and as an individual;

  • Active participation in the client’s initiatives, safety strategies and safety management plans;

  • Planned Task Observation (PTO), Visible Felt Leadership (VFL), on-the-job coaching by management and leadership teams;

  • Planned audits, inspections, reporting and monitoring;

  • Learning from incidents,; through dynamic SHEQ communication across the business;

  • Embracing the “STOP & FIX” culture for unsafe conditions and/or behaviours;

  • Monthly, daily and weekly meetings and safety forums;

  • Quarterly participative forum meetings;

  • An effective safety incentive scheme.

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Proud MDX employees celebrating 4 years without any LTIs with a well-deserved braai.

MDX’s SHEQ management system and process approach proved to be fundamental contributing factors to ensuring a safe workplace at Kolomela.  Utilizing innovations such as electronic checklists, daily inspections and other paperless technologies to not only gather data on possible future areas of risk, but also communicate safety related content to employees on site rapidly and effectively, bolstering safety awareness and culture daily.
This way of doing things differently compared to traditional methods fits into Master Drilling’s vision of, “We challenge the status quo to provide our clients with specialised, adaptive one-stop drilling solutions”.  It is within the framework of this vision that MDX, in collaboration with clients, strives to accomplish even greater safety achievements with zero-harm always being the ultimate goal in the workplace.   


Sound pollution solution   

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The cutting of diamond drill core is potentially a dangerous and noisy operation. Geo-Explore Store (Pty) Ltd. has a range of core splitters on offer, all ensuring the highest levels of safety.

The blades used on these machines can be regular or silenced/damped. The silenced blades reduce noise levels while cutting to significantly lower levels. We still recommend ear protection but the strain is drastically minimised.

Have a look at some of our other core cutting offerings:

Please do not hesitate to contact us for more information or quotes should you have a need.

Denis Blewett
Cell: +27 (0) 82 744 7594
Tel: +27 (0) 11 392 5324
Fax:+27 (0) 086 580 7392

Our new look

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Colin Rice Exploration and Training (Pty) Ltd. was started, by Colin, in 2009, after he received a number of requests to conduct safety based training. Since its humble beginnings, the company has grown to provide a variety of safety and technical training courses, develop drill site safety standards, conduct risk assessments and pre-deployment safety audits, develop tender specifications, compile operating and safety manuals as well as start and maintain DrillSafe Southern Africa.

With this growth and opportunity, we thought it was time to reorganise and refresh our brand as well as to clarify our offerings. With the help of a talented branding professional we underwent the creative process of rebranding. 


We have reorganised our brand as Colin Rice Exploration Drilling Advisory, although our legal entity remains the same. Colin Rice Exploration Drilling Advisoryhas three service divisions as well as the DrillSafe Southern Africa partner brand

Through the rebranding process, we were forced to “dig deep” and explore what meant the most to us, as a company. Colin has always maintained that there are four aspects to drill site safety and as we continued with our process, we concluded that these are the four cornerstones on which our business is built. These cornerstones are what holds our business together, what helps us build it up and they are the basis for everything we do; the people, the equipment, the environment, and the processes involved in drilling operations. 

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We have maintained the interlinked diamond shapes in all of our logos to echo the theme of the four cornerstones and to remind us that they are present in all the services we provide to our customers.

Drill rods & core drilling product

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Core drilling product

We define high-performance core drilling products as being consistently well-manufactured so that you can do your best work and reduce downtime during drilling.


Drill rods

 All of our drill rods and casings are subject to rigorous quality control throughout the manufacturing process. 

Yes, all of them! No exceptions

Wondering what MBI’s delivery times are like?

We deliver within 48 hours for all products in stock! More customer service here.

Our range of Personal Protective Gear

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Exploration is an arduous activity and to keep us safe there is a broad range of protective clothing available on the market.

Geo-Explore Store (Pty) Ltd. stocks a range of basic field safety gear and can source specialty gear on request.

Items include (but are not limited to);

  • hard hats

  • safety spectacles or goggles

  • ear plugs or muffs

  • overalls

  • gloves

  • safety or gum boots

  • hi vis vests

Please do not hesitate to contact us for more information or quotes should you have a need.

Denis Blewett
Cell: +27 (0) 82 744 7594
Tel: +27 (0) 11 392 5324
Fax:+27 (0) 086 580 7392

Innovation forum presentation

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In 2009 when Colin Rice Exploration and Training first explored and developed a drill site safety standard for a major mining company, there was not much interest in it from the rest of the industry. Since then, we have developed drill site safety standards for 5 other major mining companies in Africa. The drive for a safety standard was predominantly from mining companies to gain consistency in safety performance across their projects. However, from our recent experience and interactions, a number of contractors have shown great interest in applying similar standards across their operations. The potential benefits of this standard are: 

  • Improved safety
  • Relationships with mining companies become easier and more transparent
  • Ensures total compliance with legislation

The fact that so many other role players are looking to adopt a drill site safety standard illustrates the enormous benefits of working to a known set of requirements and that the need for an industry safety standard is greater than ever.

Have a look at Colin's presentation from the Innovation Forum here.

Robust, rugged, no nonsense rigs

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DrillSafe welcomes Thor Drill Rig to the DrillSafe Community as a Contributor!

Thor drill rigs are known to be robust, rugged and no nonsense rigs. We have built over 400 drilling rigs that are operating successfully throughout South Africa, Botswana, Mozambique. Zambia, Namibia, DRC, Cameroon. Swaziland, Brazil, Europe, Australia etc.

Having built up considerable experience and success over 20 years, our drill rigs has become second to none. We are proud to supply well priced rugged, low maintenance and easy to repair products. 
We carry large quantities of spares to ensure minimum down time in case of a break down. All the spares are made in-house on CNC machines to ensure the highest quality. We also cater for the individual in the sense that we can customise a drill rig to the customer's needs and drilling conditions.

Please feel free to contact us for any information regarding the specs on drill rigs.

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A wide variety of drilling products

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DrillSafe welcomes Rodtek Engineering to the DrillSafe Community as a Contributor!

Rodtek Engineering has grown exponentially since its start in 2007 to becoming a market leader in Africa and the rest of the world, offering a wide variety of drilling products to our customers to ensure they have what they need to get the job done.

Because of our strategic location and size we are ideally situated to compete with international companies supplying the mining industry in Africa and worldwide. We manufacture premium equipment at competitive prices with very short lead times to maximize your company’s profitability.

For us it’s about customer service, offering premium drilling equipment with expert knowledge and design capabilities to keep you drilling for longer with minimal down time and maximum production.

We offer more than good quality and service, we offer a partnership. We supply some of the biggest drilling companies in the word as they have come to rely on the quality, consistency, and availability of our products to keep them competitive on any drilling site.

Together with our sister company Thor Drill Rig we provide a turn-key operation providing Drilling machines and equipment of the highest quality to customers globally.

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Our safety mantra

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DrillSafe welcomes Hall Core Drilling to the DrillSafe Community as a Contributor!

"The safety of our employees and those impacted by our operations are non-negotiable. The company's mantra, HARM FREE encompasses safety, health and the environment in which Hall Core operates and takes priority in every aspect of the business. We believe there is no monetary or other gain that can ever justify or remediate the loss of life or limb. It is for this very reason that Hall Core Drilling embraces only one universal and overriding principal, HARM FREE.

HARM FREE not only extends to our employees but to those with whom we interact in our day-to-day activities, including the communities and environment in which we work.

The company follows a risk-based approach in which every potential risk is listed, rated and mitigations implemented. The mitigation of risks is an all encompassing approach that includes our employees, equipment and behaviour on site. Our Fatal Risk Control Protocol is designed and implemented to address the underlying issues that heighten the risk of fatalities in our day-to-day conduct and forms the foundation of our HARM FREE approach."

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Reduce fatigue with our field logging stool

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Geologist, drillers and technicians inevitably end up kneeling, squatting or sitting at core trays in the field to log, mark up or inspect the core. This is always a tiring and awkward exercise and adds strain to the responsible persons work day.

This light weight, portable fold up camp chair offers a reasonably priced handy seat to take the strain out of field logging. The additional storage pouch adds a useful area to keep your gear.

Fold up with carry straps and built in storage pouch for pens, books, water bottles etc. R199.99 excl VAT


Please do not hesitate to contact us for more information or quotes should you have a need.

Denis Blewett

Cell: +27 (0) 82 744 7594

Tel: +27 (0) 11 392 5324

Fax:+27 (0) 086 580 7392


Environmental packaging - Thinking outside the box

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Standing out among dusty drill sites and on the back of trucks, AMC’s bright green containers with a yellow lid have made them an icon of the global drilling industry. Throughout the years our packaging has changed to withstand the harsh elements on drill sites, long journeys to our global client base and focus on reducing impact on the environment, while keeping our products as fresh as the day they were manufactured.  

As environmental awareness grows in today’s society, so does the demand for sustainable packaging. IMDEX’s leading brand, AMC is committed to being at the forefront of innovation and sustainability in the drilling industry, endorsing practical ways to reduce packaging waste and promote sustainability.

At AMC we utilise a global QHSE Management System and QHSE Star Rating System to continually monitor, audit and improve our products, services and internal practices. These Systems have been developed in line with the OHSAS 18001 and ISO 9000 series of management system standards and best practices. They ensure legal compliance and an overarching commitment to quality, health, safety, environmental matters and risk management.

AMC has responded to the industry’s concern by offering flexible packaging options such as cardboard boxes suitable for powder and liquid drilling fluid products.  These options are made from raw materials and use less than 10% of the plastic compared to rigid packaging. These options have been vigorously tested and carefully thought out to withstand the harsh activities of drilling.

By encouraging clients to utilise these options, AMC has seen a reduction of plastic and landfill issues on site, as well as several efficiencies in safety and logistics. These new environmental-friendly packaging options also require less energy to produce from socially responsible suppliers. 

The cardboard outer is fully biodegradable and recyclable; boxes are also water-resistant and strong enough to withstand transport and the elements. For liquid products such as AMC TORQUE GUARD™ a bladder insert with easy pour taps are incomparable to lifting a heavy cube of product. When packed into boxes, we are able to reduce the amount of packaging required to be disposed of by 95%.

The cardboard box option is also smaller and more ergonomic for lifting, being less heavy than plastic. A lighter load of 20kg will assist in reducing risk of physical injury through mishandling.  The reduced weight of these packages also enable more flexible for transport, such as the ability to utilise up to 50% more litres per pallet than rigid containers and reduce overall transport costs.

 “Drilling optimisation is the key focus for AMC moving forward. Our business is thinking beyond the supply of quality drilling fluids, we are investing in technology and researching new ways to drill safely, effectively and sustainably. We are redefining the way our products are used, capturing data and delivering improvement in processes to minimise risk and improve profitability before our clients even start drilling.”Troy Giesler - AMC Minerals General Manager

Other technologies such as our Solids Removal Unit™ range also support the mantra of “reduce, reuse, and recycle” and complement our biodegradable and environmentally friendly drilling fluid range. AMC’s SRU™ range recycles used drilling fluid, maintaining fluid properties in optimum conditions and reducing excessive consumption of mud and water. This can have a number of flow on effects to an operation, affecting productivity, safety, logistics and the environment; not limited to:

  • Improved on-site health and safety by reducing manual handling and excessive mixing

  • Reduced water consumption mud usage and cartage costs

  • Eliminated the cost of digging and rehabilitating sumps

  • Increased drilling productivity and KPIs

  • Minimised site re-mediation and environmental management costs

  • Reduced site footprint

  • Facilitated access to environmentally sensitive or remote drill sites

  • Reduces the wear and tear on rig components

  • Minimised formation damage

  • Reduced rig maintenance and breakdowns.

It’s important to ensure that sustainability goes hand in hand with innovation. In doing so, operations can trust that drilling operations not only benefit from a reduced environmental impact, but also welcome greater efficiencies in operations. This is an indirect, but necessary, way to achieve a greater, global goal of sustainability.

Further information

For more information on AMC’s environmentally-friendly drilling fluid packaging options, Solids Removal Unit™ range, IMDEX’s Drilling Optimisation solution or ways we can support you, please visit, or contact your nearest REFLEX or AMC representative. 

The paper-free way to better manage safety

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Having a robust and easy-to-use safety reporting procedure in mining and exploration operations is essential to developing a resilient safety culture. Correct and detailed reporting will obtain important information about health and safety issues in the workplace, identify problems when they arise and prevent future occurrences. Traditionally, it has been tough to make procedures work without placing a burden on personnel, whether it be the training or just the day-to-day operations. 

Processes that traditionally consisted of pencilling in answers in carbon copy books, taken to the office and manually entered into an excel spread sheet by an office administrator and eventually entered into a  database for reporting, simply is too long and a complicated process. Doing it incorrectly can potentially lead to serious injuries or legal issues.

Comprehensive and verified reporting helps companies manage safety issues and effectively prevent incident recurrences. They can also help in understanding why incidents occurred, making better decisions, setting priorities, and allowing users to analyse trends in the workplace. But this is only achievable if the data is clean, workflows are streamlined and you have the tools to interpret data easily and fast. 

IMDEX MOBILE™ takes traditional, paper based workflows and using the advances in mobile technology to create a seamless workflow for the real-time acquisition and validation of field data. This software-as-a-service is the mineral industry’s best practice for paperless data collection and productivity reporting. The application ensures supervisors, managers and stakeholders can make informed decisions based on real-time data they can trust, anywhere, anytime, and users can input data easily and fast. 

With an easy to use interface, strict data verification QA process and seamless integration to the company’s cloud based hub IMDEXHUB-IQ™ and other third party software, this application streamlines the data capture and management process.

The three key formats IMDEX MOBILE™ provides safety in a digital platform are pre-start inspections, verification of competency (theory and practical assessments) and customised forms.

Traditionally with pre-start inspections carbon-copy books have been used, but a risk with human nature means mandatory information may not be fully captured. Some sites can have hundreds of types of machinery, vehicles or equipment on site – each with its own specific checks. By digitizing forms, we can customise and create relevant questions which will display depending on what kind of equipment you are selecting. With IMDEX MOBILE™, we are able to build business rules and logic in to the forms, making sure the data is clean and the process is not overcomplicated. Another key outcome is the ability to record fuel consumption, engine hours or distance travelled against an asset ID, and integrates data with 3rdparty maintenance management software. 

However, data capture is only the first part of the solution, IMDEX MOBILE™ also automates email notifications so critical data, such as critical faults can reach maintenance staff and supervisors - sometimes faster than receiving a phone call.  This all adds to the prevention of injuries and commercial impacts such as equipment damage and productivity losses.

IMDEX MOBILE™ is also equipped to carry out verification of competency (VOC) such as theoretical and practical assessments. Generally there is certain equipment that staff must be trained on at regular intervals. This may be the case of new starters who need to know the background of using equipment or existing staff that need to brush up on their knowledge. The ability to conduct an assessment on site was traditionally a paper-based format with many large documents required. With paperless assessments, conducting training is easy, signoff can be instantaneous, training matrix reports automated and stored via IMDEXHUB-IQ™. This way drilling contractors and resource companies have instant access to who has completed what level of training and at what date, without following a paper trail.

We have a number of clients that elect to design their own customised forms and safety inspection workflows such as site inspections and rig audits to maintain their site safety requirements. Traditionally these workflows experience the same pitfalls – human error on data capture, time standing at the scanner, data entry into a spread sheet and the primary database. These are critical workflows that can take up an incredible amount of time if you conduct a time cost analysis.

Over the last six years, IMDEX has seen a big emphasis on safety and has made it a priority to make processes easier and more efficient. The key principle of safety is the cost of human life; IMDEX has seen the industry progress rapidly over the last 20 years particularly, compared to the 60s and 70s where the industry just accepted that injuries would just happen.  Now IMDEX is empowering their clients to utilise technology to increase safety awareness and reduce incidences. As more and more sites gain access to internet connection and everyday people are spending more time on their devices and utilising online tools, IMDEX MOBILE™ has been a natural addition to sites.

Visibility across all activity provides valuable information for companies to ensure their projects remain safe, within budget and on time. Contractors can monitor crews, equipment, hazards and consumables on a shift by shift basis to ensure they remain within project parameters, the worksite is safe and operations can continue as normal.  Throughout theexperience of releasing this product globally, IMDEX has been able to eliminate manual data entry, greatly reduce human error and change a time-consuming, high maintenance process into an instant one.

Further information
For more information on IMDEX MOBILE™, IMDEX’s Drilling Optimisation solution or ways we can support you, please visit, or contact your nearest REFLEX or AMC representative.
You can also catch Troy Giesler speaking about our solutions at the Drill Rig and Safety Innovation Forum on 20 July 2018 in Johannesburg. Register at:   


Rosond group successfully maintains its safety achievements

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Media statement by ROSOND (Pty) Ltd.

The Rosond group continues to place the safety of their employees at the helm of their operations. This is evident in the recent safety achievement of six months with no Lost Time Injuries (LTI) as a group from July 2017 to January 2018, following a zero harm achievement in their past financial quarter.

At the following sites; Geotechnical, Rasimoni, Elandsrand, Dishaba diamond drilling, Kloof diamond drilling, Tumela diamond drilling, and South Deep diamond drilling - no employee was off from work due to an accident for a period ranging between five and ten years. This is an outstanding achievement for Rosond, bearing in mind the harsh environment it operates in.

“Maintaining our safety achievements is crucial for us. Our daily goal is to make sure that everyone goes home safe to their families and these results are proof that we are on the right track. We will continue to adhere to our safety and health policies in order continue maintaining our performance. Rosond’s goal is to be LTI free by 2020,” says Ricardo Cravo Ribeiro, Operations Director at Rosond.

A culture of zero harm

Rosond’s safety is a collective effort. Management reviews and updates safety manuals annually and when required. After an accident, systems are revisited to ensure the lessons learnt from the accidents are implemented. Employees receive theoretical and practical training annually and when required, on safety and technical aspects to re-emphasise information and ensure that they are motivated to continue to do their jobs safely. Alongside safety training, the use of technologically advanced machinery, equipment and safety devices forms part of Rosond’s safety mandate.

When new employees are recruited, Rosond places them under psychometric tests in order to match them with the intended role and then proceeds with safety and technical training.

Andre Kleynhans, Rosond Safety Manager says, “Safety is a responsibility of all employees and the management; it is team work. Our ongoing safety achievements are a result of continuous improvement of safety methods by management and continuous implementation of safety measures by employees. Another important aspect is that we are committed to investigating all unsafe practices and incidents and take the necessary steps to prevent re-occurrence. So far, Rosond has been doing extremely well, so well that our mind-set has shifted to always put safety first at all times creating a culture of zero harm.”

Safety onwards

To successfully maintain their safety achievements, Rosond is committed to continually apply simple and understandable safety management systems and ensure that all employees are equipped with the means to implement safety procedures at all times.

Rosond also put in place a safety incentive scheme where employees are awarded an incentive when they achieve set safety objectives and targets.

 “Our safety achievements are giving us a competitive edge in the market furthering our client’s trust in our ability to provide seamless and quality service; and at the same time encouraging potential clients to place us top of mind when seeking services like ours,” says Ribeiro.

To reinforce their safety strategy, increase productivity and minimise risks, Rosond is in the process of developing a technologically advanced surface exploration rig. The machine will be fully automated and workers will be operating it from a ‘safe zone’ most of the time.

“We will continue to develop tools, machinery or equipment that will assist our employees to do their jobs safely and productively,” concludes Ribeiro.

Putting together the safety puzzle

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A few years ago, Major Drilling reached the milestone of working more than 7,000,000 hours without a lost time injury globally. Getting to this point was like putting together a large puzzle with hundreds of pieces. Every employee holds a piece of the puzzle and when we all work safely, we are placing our piece in the right spot to help form the picture of a workplace where every employee returns home. When assembling a jigsaw puzzle with so many pieces, one of the basic strategies is to start by putting together the outside edges and then work your way into the more difficult pieces in the centre.

In safety, the outside edges of our puzzle consist of the key programs and principles that form the framework of our systems.  Some of these include:

  • Communications - One of the keys to improving our performance has been for managers to support safety by having positive safety interactions. Dean Connett, HSEC Manager for Major Drilling America feels that communication and interactions have helped his branch work more than 3 years LTI free. "We decided as management in one of our management meetings that we need to be visible on our sites and spend more time coaching our crews. This has yielded results as the crews feel appreciated and valued.”

  • Take 5 Risk Assessment - We adopted the TAKE 5 program as our field level risk assessment tool in 2008. Use of TAKE 5 helps to identify site-specific risks that are based on the task you are doing and the environment where you are performing the task. Identification and elimination of these jobsite risks is a large part of our safety system and has been one of the keys to our success. Juan Coronel, an entry level employee in Argentina was asked what has helped his branch achieve more than 2 years LTI free “TAKE 5. It’s a perfect way to identify hazards and assess risks, individually and in a group, to eliminate or reduce the risk, so the task can be performed safely.”

  • 10 Lifesaving Rules - The company introduced an easy to follow safety program summary we call our 10 Lifesaving Rules. These rules were developed after reviewing our incident history, evaluating our worksites, and working with our clients. Sylvie Gaudet, the HR & HSEC coordinator in our corporate office believes these rules have helped reinforce safety for our high-risk activities. “These 10 Lifesaving Rules serve as a reminder to all employees of what kind of activities have high potential for serious injury. By following these rules we can keep ourselves and our co-workers safe every day”.

  • Right and Responsibility to Refuse Unsafe Work - Every employee has the ability and responsibility to refuse to work with unsafe equipment, in an unsafe location, or without the proper training for the task. Recently two of our employees exercised this right by refusing to take a truck mounted rig onto a dirt road that was not safe to travel. Despite pressure from the road contractor and drill consultant for our client, our crew held their ground and clearly explained what needed to be done to make the road safe. After reviewing the road with our crews, the client agreed to fix the road and the rig is now onsite drilling. By not exposing the rigs to unsafe roads, we avoided significant risk to our employees and equipment and were able to demonstrate our commitment to safety with our client.

These are just a few of the pieces of the puzzle that help us remain safe each day. Each day we challenge our crews to think about their own piece of the safety puzzle and how their decisions and actions shape our puzzle. By committing to safe production on our sites, we can place these individual pieces into the complete safety picture and we will end up reaching even greater safety milestones in the future.