It is common knowledge that mining companies are under pressure to maximise productivity while minimising financial outlay in the current economic climate. However the focus on safety and compliance has never been so crucial.
Failure to ensure mine site hoisting systems and other essential equipment are in compliance with the Workplace Health and Safety Act or the Electrical Safety Act as well as any applicable Australian Standards and Codes of Practice can have detrimental consequences.
If a mine site is found to be operating in breach of legislation requiring standard-compliant equipment, the authorities can impose hefty fines and penalties. Production shut downs that result from maintenance or replacement of equipment, and compensations paid to workers who have been injured while working with sub-standard equipment contribute deep financial blows to business.
Better to be safe than sorry
To ensure that all equipment on a mine site meets the necessary Australian Standards and regulations, companies can obtain an inspection and audit from a suitable third party with expertise in equipment, Standards, compliance and customisation by arranging an inspection and audit of their equipment and facilities.
Where technology is found to be out-of-date and non-compliant, solutions are available to rectify this potentially debilitating situation through retrofitting and upgrading hoisting equipment.
Taking steps to minimise or avoid the risks of equipment non-compliance is the role of every responsible manager – required to maximise safety, productivity and efficiency on site.
Electrical & automation solutions to the rescue
SIEMAG TEGBERG offer its customers complete turnkey electrical and automation solutions. From fully integrated systems for new installations to refurbishment and upgrades, the company offers locally engineered, tailor-made solutions to fit varied applications – including Control & Safety Systems designed to meet not only specific standards but also the demands of today’s industry.
In situations where the mine site would achieve a risk reduction through the application of functional safety principles, SIEMAG TECBERG’s technological solutions provide a ready fix.
There are a myriad of Regulations, Standards, Codes of Practice applicable in the different states of Australia. It can be easy to overlook the applicable ones to ensure that equipment meets mandatory Regulations and relevant Australian Standards.
For more information on SIEMAG TECBERG’s offering of electrical and automation solutions for hoisting equipment and electrical systems, download their free whitepaper here.