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WIN 2019

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30 CEMENT AMERICAS • Winter 2019 • www.cementamericas.com FEATURE The most undervalued aspect of engaging with the work- force is the development of a sense of ownership. To spend time with a crew observing their tasks, for example install- ing ground support, is to learn the typical hazards: trips and falls, heavy lifting, machine interaction, unsupported ground, etc. Ask the operators to suggest their own ways to improve their daily tasks. Then rather than create procedures in isolation, bring the group together. Show them where their input made the difference between a paper document and the training manual for their fellow team members. When a workforce is engaged, they are less likely to suffer from the low morale that Beech referred to earlier. Training Training at all levels is critical. Offering regular refresher training, which includes key elements of ground related and other hazards for all personnel, is a great way to ensure that safety becomes part of the mines culture. Some of the best examples we've seen are from mines that encourage their own technical specialists to be involved in creating the training material, including making short vid- eos and presentations of site-specific issues to address in a group environment. Make it fun! Cross-functional engagement also helps to develop crew leaders, who could become the future of your business. An interesting fact came out of a supervisor-training course that I attended myself a few years ago. Amongst our group (and we were assured that other groups were just the same), many supervisors arrived at their post by chance – the last guy didn't turn up so they got the job. No formal training or probation was given – management simply expected him or her to rise to the challenge. If we take a step back, training supervisors on how to be a supervisor is really, really important. As always, communication is key. Asking leaders to person- ally perform environment, health and safety inspections puts the supervisor amongst the workforce to develop personal skills with their crew and help them look out for each other. Honest reporting and prompt corrective action within the group should always be rewarded. This collec- tive desire to keep the group safe eventually becomes sec- ond nature. The desire for each of us to go home safely to our families is an often-used approach in the quest to improve safety at work. But an additional part of that is the secret desire a lot of us have to go to work the next day too – we're proud of what we do, and what we've trained and worked hard to achieve. We also spend a lot of time with our workmates and often socialize with them outside of work hours. The thought of going back to work and one of our group not being present, because of a preventable incident at home, should be just as upsetting. Ironically then, what if the way to make our co-workers stick to the speed limit on the way home is to make them want to come to work safe and sound tomorrow? Phil Earl is with Global Mine Design Ltd., a group of geo- technical mine design consultants. Its engineers use a wide range of ground-monitoring data and analytical tools to help your team optimize its mine design and extraction strategy. Experts in rock mechanics and seismic monitor- ing systems, its approach increases confidence within your production team and by nature reduces rehabilitation costs, brings efficiency improvements, and reinforces safe working conditions. If you would like any more information on the technical, training and auditing services offered by Global Mine Design, contact info@globalminedesign.com.

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