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Our sites continue to achieve impressive safety milestones

Drill Safe

 
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By T.C.P. Booysen

Master Drilling’s Exploration division achieved 5 years without Lost Time Injuries (LTIs) at its underground operations near Bethal, Mpumalanga and 3 LTI-free years at its surface operations near Rustenburg.

The overall LTI frequency rate for 2018 is currently at 0.00 which is a remarkable achievement.

No LTIs were recorded for 2018 on any of the Exploration division’s drill sites. Master Drilling’s safety management team would like to congratulate these sites on their excellent safety performance thus far for 2018. These safety achievements are a testament to the effective safety management systems, continuous improvement, measuring and monitoring of any non-compliance to health, safety and legal requirements and reflect a good health and safety culture within the company.

Kolomela Projects Proudly Achieves 4 Years with no Lost Time Injuries

Drill Safe

 
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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.

 
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“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.

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

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.   

 

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 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

Drill Safe

 
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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.