SAFETY & TRAINING
SAFETY & TRAINING
Newrak Mining Health & Safety Policy
The management of Newrak Mining is striving for excellence in all we do, and recognises the impact that our activities may have on people and the environment.
Newrak Mining is a leading mining contracting company, working for many of the leading Mining Houses in the Industry.
We undertake to implement and maintain, as far as is reasonably practicable, the activities of the company in such a manner, as to respectfully prevent harm or damage to persons and property.
Health & Safety forms an integral part of our planning and decision making. We manage our company, wherever we do business, in an ethical way that strikes an appropriate and well-reasoned balance between economic and social needs.
We are committed to:
- Conducting our business with respect and care for people and the environment.
- Responsible utilisation of natural resources.
- Continually improving our Health & Safety performance.
- Complying, as a minimum, with all applicable legal and other agreed requirements.
- Promoting dialogue with stakeholders about Health & Safety performance.
We achieve these by:
- Implementing and maintaining an integrated Health & Safety management system.
- Informing and appropriately training all employees on Health & Safety matters.
- Responding effectively to Health & Safety emergencies involving our actives and products.
- As far as reasonably practicable, providing appropriate resources required to implement the above.
- Ensure that the Health & Safety policy is reviewed at periods not exceeding three years from the effective date or by a date set by the Managing Director.
Skills training imperative for achieving fatality-free shifts
Article in Mining Weekly, 24 May 2014
Mining services company Newrak Mining senior GM Andy Brown tells Mining Weekly that, to date, the company has successfully achieved seven years and ten months of fall-of-ground fatality-free shifts at its operations.
Brown notes that this is the result of the guidance from its mining clients, the company’s implementation of several different safety systems and best practices, as well as its stringent focus on skills development.
This significant number of fatality-free shifts was achieved at 25 different mining sites by seven different mining companies working in the platinum, chrome and gold sectors.
“We have achieved more than two-million fatality-free shifts at two of our clients’ mine sites alone, while having achieved 2.5-million fatality-free shifts at another one of our clients’ operations by December 2012.”
Brown notes that while contractors traditionally hire labour from the mining houses, the prevalence of skilled workers in the mining industry has steadily been declining, specifically among skilled mineworkers and shift supervisors.
To ensure a high level of skills and a safety culture among its workers, Newrak Mining ensures that the proper selection of experienced employees is undertaken, that continued on-the-job training is provided and that regular and thorough risk assessments are undertaken to ensure the complete compliance of all staff to every aspect of the Mine Health and Safety Act.
“This also includes regular underground audits and follow-ups and the effective communication of safety issues to all staff through regularly scheduled safety meetings,” he adds.
In addition, the establishment of scheduled safety risk assessments and the stringent adherence to best mining practices ensure that every member of Newrak Mining’s workforce is knowledgeable and competent, which, therefore, reduces the safety risk to workers.
As a result, Newrak Mining is training learner miners, artisans and learner officials at various mining sites in South Africa and is also sponsoring the education of mining engineers at the University of Pretoria.
The training programmes at the mining sites run for about two years and comprise skills modules that cover all aspects of engineering and mining. Depending on the occupation of the worker, all the relevant safety aspects of the job are also taught.
“Our first group of learners will complete their training next month, followed by the recruitment of another group of learners who will begin the training course,” says Brown.
Newrak will also send 10% of its workforce on the Mining Qualifications Authority-accredited safety representative training programme.
This is in line with the Mining Charter’s expectation and the mining industry’s commitment to train 40 000 persons as occupational health and safety (OHS) representatives by 2014. To achieve this target, each company is expected to have enrolled 8% of its employees for training on the OHS representatives course by 2014.
At NEWRAK it is our belief that safety is the result of good training and a pro-active attitude. Maintaining a high standard of safety protocols and establishing practical checks and balances is the best and only way to safe Mining Practices.
Our secret lies in the proper selection of experienced employees, continued on-the-job-training, regular and thorough risk assessments and total compliance of all staff to every aspect of the Mine Health and Safety Act; including regular underground audits plus follow-ups and effective communication of the safety issues to all staff by instituting regularly scheduled Safety Meetings.
Our established Safety Department is involved with every possibly hazardous activity in our company and maintains a pro-active presence throughout our projects.
The extensive hazards associated with the mining industry include everything from working in noisy, dusty environments to the dangers of falling rocks, flooding and the malfunction of specialised and sometimes dangerous equipment. Our Safety Department manages risk through extensive training programmes on all levels of our 3500 miners. Scheduled safety risk assessments and stringent adherence to best mining practices ensures that every member of our workforce is knowledgeable and competent; thereby minimizing risk to themselves and co-workers. The Management team within Newrak is passionate about safety and participates in regular health and safety meetings, talks and training sessions alongside their staff.
Health and Safety audits conducted regularly on-site ensure that employees and contractors adhere to the Occupational Health and Safety Act. In addition, we provide reporting to clients so that ongoing safety and compliance can be tracked and monitored.
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Awards & Achievements
Best in Class Southern Africa Platinum Mines – P² Mining W1 Shaft 2011
2nd in Contractors Class for Improvement in Safety Rates 2011 to 2012 (MineSAFE)
3rd in Class for the Safest Mine Operations 2012 & 2014 (MineSAFE)
Most Significant Contracting Company Industry Achievement 2011 (MineSAFE)
5 Million Fatality Free Shifts Shift Award 2011
2 Million Fatality Free Shifts Award March 2015
10 Years FOG fatal free 27 June 2015 (8 Million shifts)
Significant Safety Achievement – Daan Meintjies
Daan Meintjies, Newrak Mine overseer at Lonmin Marikana (K4B/1B), received two awards for significant safety achievements.
Accident Free Financial year 2011
1000 LTI Free Shifts as at 19 October 2010
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