Being fit for duty is mandatory at all Thiess sites. This includes factors such as physical and mental health, fatigue management and the use of drugs and alcohol. To reduce the number of ‘Fit For Work’ incidents, Thiess Indonesia has introduced Kerja Bugar (Fit For Work), a program where employees are assessed at the start of the shift. This ensures that their ability to work safely is not compromised by lack of sleep, medication or illness.
Clockwork’s work for aviation and energy clients has not gone unnoticed. In 2011 Clockwork was invited by leading gold mining company, Newmont Mining, to develop a fatigue training programme for their workforce of c.40,000 employees and contractors. Clockwork developed a bespoke training program, tailored to reflect the particular demands and risks associated with a global underground and surface mining operations. This training has now been rolled out across the Newmont operation and translated into Spanish and Bahasa Indonesian.
Are your miners “fit for work”? Have you asked them how they feel lately? Are they sick-and-tried and dangerous due to fatigue? Fatigue is a significant contributor to incidents, accidents, and deaths in mining workplaces around the world. It is difficult to observe fatigue because the very nature of “being observed” can tend to “wake” us up, thus masking the signs. Just because it is hard to observe the signs, fatigue is a safety topic that should not be avoided and should be discussed with safety teams and training provided all workers to detect and guard against fatigue. The causes and consequences of fatigue are very real in the Mining, Gas and Oil Industries. The consequences of fatigue can be catastrophic.
A new confidence report issued by the North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE) this week indicates that downspeeding – the practice of using fast gear ratios that lower the speed of the engine – can cut commercial truck fuel consumption by 2% to 3% because it allows the engine to operate at the most fuel-efficient RPM when generating only the minimal horsepower required under cruise conditions.
Canberra tech company Seeing Machines is set to introduce hands-free cruise control for regular cars, after gaining global recognition for vastly improving operations for mining truck drivers.
Mining companies such as BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto began employing automated drills and driverless trucks to assist with production and preserve profit margins against a volatile market.
Rajant Corporation, the pioneer of Kinetic Mesh™ Networks and provider of pervasive, multi-frequency wireless solutions, joined forces with SatNetCom’s technology group SNCTechnologies, signing the cutting edge communication company as their Indonesian agent. Rajant is not your traditional mesh or Wi-Fi radio. The technology is unique in the market, enabling GSM providers, Mining, Oil, Gas and other enterprises to build reliable and high performing private wireless networks in the most difficult of locations and terrain.
GE and BHP Billiton have joined forces in a bid to improve efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the mining sector.As part of the partnership, the companies will also identify new solutions to address growing global demand for resources, including copper, iron ore and coal.
According to GE, new solutions would be developed under the partnership to reduce the emissions-intensity of mining operations, including transportation and power supply. GE and BHP Billiton plan to share these outcomes to improve sector-wide economic and environmental performance.
Assays are expected in two weeks from the diamond core recovered from Boadicea’s Red Cap prospect, 6km northeast of the Nova-Bollinger nickel copper deposit now owned by Independence.
The drilling targeted a conductor modelled about 475m below surface, and the disseminated and stringer sulphides seen in the core are at about that depth.
Boadicea has held the ground prior to Sirius Resources making the Nova discovery.
While assays aren’t expected for 2-3 weeks Peel is clearly confident they will be good given the company public statement that the 60m zone features “significant copper mineralisation”.
The true width of the mineralisation is being estimated at about 40m.
With lead and zinc mineralisation having been anticipated in this area before the drilling began, the copper hit has Peel managing director Rob Tyson wondering if the company is relying too much on downhole geophysics for its targeting, rather the “logic and geology”.
Mine production during the September quarter at Turquoise Hill Resources Oyu Tolgoi Copper-Gold Project in southern Mongolia was at record levels while concentrate produced and contained copper were on par with the previous quarter despite a shutdown of the concentrator in July.
Gold production decreased during the quarter as a result of lower grades but is expected to increase during the December quarter, according to the company’s CEO Jeff Tygesen.