Minimising safety risks in mining.

To ensure that everyone takes responsibility for staying safe and minimising injury in one of the most dangerous industries, a compliancy component is built into the over-all management solution relating to employees’ extensive safety checks.

Mining is one of the oldest formal industries in Africa. As a continent, Africa supplies the world with most of the raw materials needed in the manufacturing industry. Due to the nature of mining – extracting raw materials from the earth, often using highly volatile chemical processes or extreme heats and explosions – it is one of the most dangerous industries. Keeping employees safe is one of the major challenges in the industry.

A lot of the responsibility of using the safety gear supplied and following safety protocols, depends on the employees themselves. To ensure that everyone takes responsibility for their part in staying safe and minimising injury, a compliancy component is built into the over-all management solution relating to employees’ extensive safety checks.

Over the last 100 years a number of life-threatening diseases have been identified as originating from ‘on the job’ hazards and the employers are having to carry the liability for these health issues and deaths. When these class action suits come to court the onus rests on the employers to prove they have taken all the possible steps to prevent the extent of these health hazards.

The source of this proof lies in the records of each employee showing they have met the safety requirements on each and every shift. Searching the physical records one at a time is impossible due to the sheer volume of paper records and if any company wants to be able to prove their case as time goes on it is becoming imperative that these records are digitised and sorted in order to maximise the access to the relevant data.

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