Media statement issued on behalf of ROSOND, by StoneSoup Public Relations
Several drilling sites operated by Rosond have successfully achieved a full year of ‘zero harm’. Rosond employs more than 1600 people who work under physically demanding and risky conditions. This safety achievement bolsters the successful implementation of Rosond’s health and safety processes by management and employees.
The following sites; Anglo American Platinum’s Dishaba and Tumela mines in Limpopo; Harmony’s Elandsrand mine in the North West; Impala Platinum's Impala mine in the North West; Royal Bafokeng Platinum’s Rasimone mine in the North West; Anglo Gold Ashanti’s Mponeng mine in the North West; Gold Field’s South Deep mine in Gauteng; Sibanye Platinum’s Khusuleka mine in the North West and Geotech sites in various provinces under Ivanhoe Mines, Bakubung, Sibanye Gold, Exxaro Coal and Royal Bafokeng Platinum - were injury free over the past financial year from 1 October 2016 to 30 September 2017.
The Rosond group ended the year with an LTI frequency rate of 0,2, which is outstanding.
Ricardo Cravo Ribeiro, Operations Director at Rosond says, “We are extremely happy with our safety achievements. We have a zero harm policy, so it is our responsibility to make sure that our employees’ health and safety needs are put into place and adhered to."
Rosond’s management compiled a Safety, Health and Environmental (SHE) policy with specific objectives, which are incorporated into legislation and client requirements. "We implemented a safety management system which we audit on a regular basis and make necessary changes if need be. We also have six Chief Safety Officers in six different areas with safety officers under their responsibility to govern the safety management system," adds Ricardo.
Compulsory safety training is offered to all employees when doing induction at the mines. André Kleynhans, Rosond Safety Manager comments, “Our training is risk based; pointing out all hazards associated with our operations. Our training techniques are more or less the same for each operation but also dependant on the client’s requirements. We train our employees regularly and in situations where an accident happens a special post-accident training is conducted. Our aim is that our employees get the technical ability to do their job in a safe manner. We also emphasise the notion of my brother’s keeper, so that everyone looks out for each other."
“Along with safety training, we engineer out hazards through engineering innovation. Our procedures are very simple and easy to understand. We continuously motivate our teams and our quarterly safety drives have also proven to be a success."
In conclusion, Ricardo highlights the impact these safety achievements have on their clients. “Achieving zero harm at our sites is a big deal as fatalities in the mining industry are reported regularly. Zero harm means we are at the peak of our industry and that’s what clients look for. Our safety records reflect positively to our clients which reassures them that we are the right company to do business with."
ROSOND is active in surface and underground mining development and exploration drilling, cementation works and pre-cementation of shafts, as well as grout pack support systems. In 1956, multinational company RODIO started servicing southern Africa’s mining and civil engineering industries. RODIO created ROSOND to become RODIO/ROSOND, which established a niche presence in the market and introduced many original cementation techniques used for geotechnical purposes. These included high shear, high-speed mixing and equipment for the grouting of cement and the long-range pumping of cement slurries. In 1991, the international RODIO group was sold, becoming an independent company owned by Swiss-based GEOSOND Holdings. In 2011 ROSOND management bought the South African operation from Geosond, which included a 25 +1% empowerment deal.
In 2014 the ROSOND group expanded to Mozambique to service the mining and civil industries. ROSOND has serviced most of South Africa’s blue chip mining houses, expanding its operations over several decades.