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Master Drilling achieves impressive safety milestones


Master Drilling achieves impressive safety milestones

Drill Safe

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

Master Drilling continues to achieve impressive safety figures at four of its exploration drilling sites raking up an impressive 1212 injury free days between two of its sites and 2729 Loss Time Injury Free (LTI) days between another two operations at the end of September 2017.

Master Drilling has been conducting underground drilling near Carletonville, North-West province since August 2015, re-opening and drilling new drainage holes for its client between various underground mining levels. Since starting this contract Master Drilling has not had 1 injury to date on this site. The operation thus achieved 780 injury free days at the end of September 2017.

In July 2016 Master Drilling commenced surface exploration drilling near Rustenburg. Core drilling operations consists of four surface drill rigs running on a 24hr shift targeting the Merensky Reef and UG2 at depths well over 1000m. This site recently achieved a year without any injuries since the project commenced in 2016. This Rustenburg operations continuous its great safety performance and achieved a total of 432 safe days at the end of September 2017.

Master Drilling’s exploration division achieved 1157 LTI free days at one of its surface exploration and grade control drilling projects in the Northern Cape at the end of September 2017.  The site has been operational since March 2013 and at its peak was operating more than 20 drilling rigs and employed more than 200 persons. Currently the site has 17 operational drill rigs and has achieved a Loss Time Injury Frequency Rate (LTFIR) of zero for the past two years much lower than the company’s LTIFR target of three.

Since January 2013 Master Drilling has been conducting underground coal exploration drilling near Bethal, Mpumalanga.  The site achieved an extremely impressive safety milestone with 4 years LTI free in June 2017 and are currently standing on 1572 LTI free days.

Master Drilling’s safety management team would like to congratulate these sites on their excellent safety performance thus far for 2017. These safety achievements are a testament to the effective safety management systems, continuous improvement, measuring and monitoring of any non-compliances to health, safety and legal requirements and are a reflection of a good health and safety culture within the company.