In an article published by Times Live earlier this month, it was revealed that the number of people killed on South African mines significantly declined from 3,183 in the previous year to 2,662. What this shows us is that South African mines are committed to improving their safety records. But how does the equipment at mining sites contribute to the overall safety?
Improper equipment operation and the lack of equipment maintenance are still major contributors of injuries at mining sites. In most cases, these injuries are avoidable. That is why it is so important to improve equipment reliability as this is the most effective and direct method of enhancing safety. Regardless of its effectiveness, no safety program can mitigate hazardous maintainability on poorly-designed equipment.
The solution to this is simple – to use equipment that is reliable with improved safety. Rand-Air, market leaders in portable compressed air and power generation rental have been servicing the mining industry with portable compressed air and power generation rentals for the last 41 years.
The company has seen the advanced steps taken over the years at mining sites such as the implementation of checklists, motivational talks, heightened emergency response plans and new safety programs. All of which are fundamental in reducing injuries, however, what they fail to address is the issue of reliable, well-maintained equipment.
Rand-Air understands that a mining operation exists by virtue of its equipment and personnel which is why the company is invested in taking away the hassles of the maintenance of equipment. “Not only is reliable equipment essential to the enhancement of safety, it is also guaranteed to hold tolerances better which helps raise consistency and quality,” says Bongani Thobela, Quality Manager, Rand-Air.
“It seems obvious, but the best way to improve maintenance safety is to use safer equipment. It is our mission at Rand-Air to provide the mining industry with equipment that is not only of the highest standards but that is safe and well-maintained at all times to mitigate safety risks. By leasing equipment from Rand-Air – our customers are guaranteed top quality machinery that is reliable and safe,” he continues.
Rand-Air views the matter of safety at mines as a crucial part of their business model and it is for this reason that the company continues to evolve to meet the ever changing needs of the safety of their customers and equipment.