With the crux of the mining boom behind us, mining companies are under pressure to achieve operational efficiencies with less financial outlay. However, failure to ensure mine site hoisting systems and other essential equipment are in compliance with the relevant local statutory Regulations and Acts 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.
It’s not worth the risk
In the increasingly competitive economic landscape of mining, businesses simply cannot afford to fork out for hefty non-compliance fines and worker compensation claims.
A significant number of winders within Australian mines currently fail to heed the significance of the relevant Australian Standards including AS61508 (if applicable), and in the case of NSW, Mining Design Guidelines MDG33 and MDG 2005.
Companies can obtain an inspection and audit from a suitable outside party expert in equipment, Standards, compliance and customisation by arranging an inspection and audit of their equipment and facilities. Solutions are available to replace out-of-date and non-compliant equipment and technology through retrofitting and upgrading hoisting equipment.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.
Electrical & automation solutions could save you
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 mining 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.