The Dangers Of Silos

The Dangers Of Silos

Silos, and the associated responsibilities of silo maintenance and silo repairs, are considered hazardous for all those that work within industries that use these storage systems. The very present and real danger involving silos is initiated because any maintenance activity means handling vast quantities of stored material, the weight of which could very easily crush a man. What are some of the common accidents involving silos that could easily kill or injure a member of staff? Danger Of Flowing Material  When either loading or unloading a silo, the material column is often flowing at a high rate. A staff member who comes into contact with the material flow can be caught and pulled with it. The job of stopping the material flow often takes too long, and the staff can be either crushed or may suffocate within the material before being hoisted out. Material Collapse Due to a number of materials being improperly stored, moisture can cause crusting at the top of grain and other aggregate stores. When this happens it is not uncommon for staff to step on the surface, causing a collapse into a void of removed substrates. The fall can cause injury or even death. Material may also collapse from a vertical instead of horizontal angle. This often happens when material is manually being removed. Crusting forms and a ‘wall’ of material may be created. When this collapses it can engulf anyone who is manually removing the grain, coal or any other stored material. Entrapment  Not as common as a material collapse, many people who work with silos have died because of entrapment. This occurs when...
Superior Fall Protection Technology With Lifelines

Superior Fall Protection Technology With Lifelines

Working from height proves hazardous for a number of specialists in many different industries. It is important that employers ensure their staffs’ well-being and safety with a proper fall protection strategy in place. For construction, building maintenance, industrial maintenance, and mining, staff are required to work at dizzying heights, and the dangers presented can be negated very easily with fall protection planning. South African Regulations  A fall protection plan is a prerequisite and requirement for a number of businesses as per the Construction Regulations 2014 as well as part of the South African National Standards. This means that buildings, mining plants, and manufacturing plants all require fall protection plans, or face costly fines. In addition, those that actually work from heights require the necessary training to be able to do so. This is as per the Occupational Health and Safety Act. They must also know how to work with fall protection equipment, and understand the dangers involved when working from height. Fall Protection Plan  A fall protection plan is an organisation’s guideline on how to address the safety concerns when working from height. There are many ways to ensure maintenance staff’s safety, but at Joner Mining, we insist that organisations use lifelines within their fall protection strategy. Lifelines use the safety harness and cable measure of preventing falls. A harness is attached to the operator, and then the harness is attached to the building/plant surface by a measure of cable. Lifelines are essentially cable systems that run parallel to the building or plants’ surfaces, ensuring the safety and protection of any staff member attached to the cable at any...
Why You Need A Belt Tracking Unit

Why You Need A Belt Tracking Unit

For those that work in the mining sector, you’ll understand that much of the extraction process relies on the efficient running of a conveyor belt system, transporting aggregates to and from processing plants. Because of the reliance on such heavy equipment, they are prone to breaking down or becoming misaligned. Stopping this from happening is the primary reason for purchasing a belt tracking system. What Is A Belt Tracking Unit  To put it in most simple terms a belt tracking unit assists in realigning a conveyor belt, making sure that it runs properly. Any small misalignment may cause increased damage further down the line. A belt tracking system will prevent this from happening. The belt tracking system is most often found in the form of a roller that guides the belt back into place having made a shift either horizontally or vertically. What To Expect From A Joner Mining Belt Tracking Unit The typical Joner Mining belt tracking unit stands out from all other belt tracking units for a number of reasons. Our belt tracking unit guides the wayward conveyor belt back into its required parameters, and no more. It will not move the conveyor belt any more than it has to. The typical belt tracking unit will be custom designed for the conveyor system. We also ensure that brackets are mounted to the conveyor. This will help in avoiding overloading, ensuring that only the expected load of aggregate is loaded at any time. Our belt tracking units are fire-resistant and also have anticorrosive properties.  They are also made to be used on reversible conveyors, ensuring that every conveyor...
The Mining Charter Saga in South Africa

The Mining Charter Saga in South Africa

The Mining Charter, finalised in 2010, received a revision courtesy of the Department of Mineral Resources in April. However, before the Charter is gazetted, it can be reviewed by the public until the end of June 2016. The chances of the Charter being changed seems slim according to government’s intentions, and the points within the Charter that sparked incredible outrage in April are unlikely to be altered. The result of the unaltered Charter being gazetted will be just another thorn in the side of the struggling mining industry of South Africa.  The Revised Mining Charter The Department of Mineral Resources, and the Department’s Minister Mosebenzi Zwane, released a revised form of the Mining Charter in April, surprising the industry which has been embroiled in conflict over certain points within the Charter since 2002. The most contentious issue regarding the revised Charter is the supposed ‘once empowered, always empowered’ clause within the Charter. The department is not willing to concede its 26% black ownership targets of which all mining companies are expected to ensure at all times. Mining Charter Challengers  The Chamber of Mines, as well as numerous individual actors within the mining sector, have strongly opposed the revised mining charter. Many believe that by enforcing the black ownership quotas permanently will prevent businesses in the mining sector from entering new agreements with future stakeholders, simply based on the colour of their skin. While some maintain that they can ensure 26% black ownership at the time of the Charter’s conception, maintaining those levels of ownership may drive away investors and critical opportunities. Furthermore, businesses and lawyers opposing the Charter believe that instead...