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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.

Rosond group successfully maintains its safety achievements

Drill Safe

 
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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.

Rosond achieves one year zero harm at drilling sites

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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."

About ROSOND

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.

Mining operation achieves impressive safety record

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Two underground diamond drilling sites, both part of mining industry leader ROSOND (Pty) Ltd, have achieved impressive safety records of five years of “zero harm”.

Amandelbult Dishaba Underground Diamond Drilling, near Thabazimbi in the Limpopo province, achieved this milestone at the end of last year, while Evander Underground Diamond Drilling in Mpumalanga celebrated its accident-free record on 12 February.

Other ROSOND operations that have achieved notable safety successes in lost time injury (LTI) are the Rasimone South (5 years LTI on 5 December 2016), Kloof (5 years LTI on 19 December 2016), and the Amandelbult Tumela (5 years LTI on 28 February) sites.

Another three sites – Tau Tona, Amandelbult Dishaba, and Impala 4 – have experienced zero harm for 360 days.

Zero harm is defined as a situation where no injuries, not even minor ones, occur, while lost time injury (LTI) means that work time was lost due to an injury.

ROSOND, established over 50 years ago as RODIO/ROSOND, is active in underground mining development and exploration drilling, cementation works and pre-cementation of shafts as well as grout pack support systems.

Ricardo Ribeiro, Operations Director for ROSOND, says that underground diamond drilling has many hazards and the possibility for a serious accident is high.

“Activities require a great deal of manual handling and working conditions are physically demanding,” he says.

ROSOND has a policy of zero harm, and the safety of its employees is its first priority.

“We therefore scrutinise every possible hazard and do whatever is necessary to control and, if possible, eliminate the risks.”

Ribeiro attributes the drilling team’s success to several factors, including focusing on the top hazards and implementing various safety devices for the protection of employees.

The company has also gradually created a culture of safety through quarterly safety drives that remind employees of fundamentals and reinforce non-negotiables.

“Training programmes, including annual and refresher training, play a major role. Training concentrates on the safe operating procedures through theoretical and practical sessions facilitated by qualified trainers and assessors.”

Ribeiro adds that another driving force is objectives and targets.

“These are driven by a safety incentive scheme which rewards the teams with a safety bonus. Our partnership with our clients plays a big role through their safety programmes and standards.”

Supervisory staff also contribute by motivating drill teams.

Ribeiro concludes: “But it’s the drilling teams who are the heroes who make this possible. Without them, we do not have a business, and it is our responsibility to look after them and ensure they go home safely at the end of each day.

“We are extremely proud of this achievement and look forward to the next five years because we know that ‘zero harm’ is possible.”

ROSOND’s drilling includes development drilling, short hole (0-200m) and long hole (0-1000m) core drilling. Grouting comprises cover grouting, water and gas control and other specialised grouting works. ROSOND operates underground with several drilling machines and high-pressure cementation pumps and mixing equipment.

An important activity of ROSOND is the installation of grout packs – support systems that comprise the installation of automatic surface batching plants as well as underground relay stations. ROSOND operates several high pressure cementation pumps on surface and underground.