Several drilling sites operated by Rosond have successfully achieved a full year of ‘zero harm’, reinforcing the successful implementation of the company’s health and safety processes.

Rosond, which employs more than 1 600 people said their sites recorded zero injuries over the past financial year from 1 October 2016 to 30 September 2017.

According to the company the following sites; Anglo American Platinum’s Dishaba and Tumela mines in Limpopo; Harmony’s Elandsrand mine in the North West; Implats’ Implala mine in the North West; Royal Bafokeng Platinum’s Rasimone mine in the North West; Anglo Gold Ashanti’s Mponeng mine in the North West; Gold Field’s South Deep mine in Gauteng; Sibanye Platinum’s Khusuleka mine in the North West and Geotech sites in various provinces under Ivan Hoe mines, Bakubung, Sibanye Gold, Exxaro Coal and Royal Bafokeng Platinum – were injury free.

Ricardo Cravo Ribeiro, Operations Director at Rosond said, “We are extremely happy with our safety achievements. We have a zero harm policy so it is our responsibility to make sure that our employees’ health and safety needs are put into place and adhered to.”

Ribeiro together with Rosond’s management compiled a Safety, Health and Environmental (SHE) policy with specific objectives, which are incorporated into legislation and client requirements.

“We implemented a safety management system, which we audit on a regular basis and make necessary changes if need be. We also have six Chief Safety Officers in six different areas with safety officers under their responsibility to govern the safety management system,” he added.

The Rosond group ended the year with an LTI frequency rate of 0,2 which according to the company is outstanding.

“Compulsory safety training is offered to all employees when doing induction at the mines,” commented Andre Kleynhans, Safety Manager, Rosond. “Our training is risk based; pointing out all hazards associated with our operations, and our techniques are more or less the same for each operation but also dependant on the client’s requirements.

The safety manager said the company trains its employees and regularly prepares them for any situations. “If and when an incident happens, a special post-accident training is conducted.

“Our aim is that our employees get the technical ability to do their job in a safe manner. We put great  emphasis on the notion of my brother’s keeper so that everyone looks out for each other.

“Along with safety training we engineer out hazards through engineering innovation. Our procedures are very simple and easy to understand. We continuously motivate our teams and our quarterly safety drives have also proven to be a success.”

Ricardo concluded by highlighting the impact these safety achievements have on their clients. “Achieving zero harm at our sites is a big deal as fatalities in the mining industry are reported regularly. Zero harm means we are at the peak of our industry and that’s what clients look for.

“Our safety records reflect positively to our clients, which reassures them that we are the right company to do business with,” he said.