Good training yields results

Contract mining firm Redpath Mining Africa is celebrating 27 months of fatality-free work, following a fatality prevention programme established in 2012.

Redpath Mining Africa SHEQT (Safety, Health, Environment, Quality and Training) general manager, Johan Jansen van Vuuren, says that during the 2013 calendar year, the company achieved three months of accident-free and eight months of lost-time-free work across Africa.

While these are some of the best safety results the company has achieved, Jansen van Vuuren admits that mobile equipment remains a key issue in the cause of serious injury and fatality. “As a result, we are currently in the process of rolling out a mobile equipment initiative and awareness campaign to maintain safety in this regard.”

Jansen van Vuuren says SHEQT leadership is extremely important, and leaders in this field should always be present to train, coach and audit the various work teams. “Supervisors and management have clearly defined responsibilities within the organisation. Their leadership within these areas is important, as it plays a key role in defining the company’s culture. SHEQT leadership will continue to be a focal point for Redpath Africa,” he notes.

Redpath Africa is accredited to conduct various skills training programmes and, following continued success at the Glencore Mopani Project in Zambia, the next step is to contribute to Glencore’s Centre of Excellence training facility to ensure that all future employees are adequately trained in all the necessary skill sets.

Self-directed work team training is among the company’s initiatives. It will be conducted at the head office and will include training using 3D simulators.

Jansen van Vuuren reveals that Redpath Africa will also extend the scope of its Mining Qualifications Authority (MQA)-accredited training and development facility to offer registered apprenticeships that will qualify the participants as Section 13 artisans.

The welding qualification that the millwrights receive will be in line with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) standards. This training facility will also be responsible for the specialised raise bore training. This programme was developed by Redpath Canada and will be made available in an e-learning format, as well as at the training facility.

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