New mines and quarries are being established everywhere on the African continent. In order to prevent unnecessary injury and loss of life on these new mines the Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa (Aspasa) has advised mine bosses to look at the Top 10 hazards on mines worldwide and put measures in place to mitigate these risks.
Speaking at the Electra Mining West Africa 2014 Aspasa director, Nico Pienaar, outlined the main safety concerns on modern mines and highlighted some causes that can be prevented. “Aspasa has developed its own health and safety system that is based on global best practices and adapted to African conditions. Mines throughout Africa can make use of the system and we strongly urge those without effective systems to get in contact with us to see how we can assist.”
Pienaar said that it is important to identify individual risks relating to each mine and to put in place appropriate health and safety policies to address them. It then becomes the responsibility of mine owners and safety officers on the mine to ensure that everyone (workers and visitors) abide with these policies.