I was always healthy until I visited the doctor for a checkup. Then they found all sorts of things wrong with me: internal components not working; high levels of this and that and consequential concerns; indications of too much drink and smoking; blood pressure where it should not be; weight too high; and so on. Although I did loose some fifteen lbs on my recent trip to Peru and Chile. Maybe not enough alcohol, lots of walking, and all that terrible Peruvian food. How can you like raw fish in vinegar; black potatoes in squid ink; or slimy muscles in red pepper? I cannot and probably ate too little. (more…)
Archive for the ‘health and safety’ Category
The general approach to undertaking a risk assessment is well described in International Standard IEC/ISO 31010, which also provides considerable information about risk assessment methods. It notes, however: “The standard does not provide specific criteria for identifying the need for risk assessment, nor does it specify the type of risk analysis method that is required for a particular application.” (more…)
Mine safety is an every critical topic. Here are links to some interviews on the topic. These interviews were conducted during the International Mines Rescue Body (IMRB) this past October in Niagara Falls by Dräger, a leader in mine safety and technology. The interviews cover deep mining, first response capabilities, and refuge rooms and chambers.
- Christo de Klerk: http://youtu.be/3r-HyjvILAw
- Ian Cooper: http://youtu.be/ZCbSbN2WRRQ
- Radoslaw Stach: http://youtu.be/5yJkoUNikjs
- Wolfgang Röhl: http://youtu.be/sWaNp6Tm0r8
I watched them all and found much of interest. Hope you find something that makes your mine safer.
It is twenty below here in southeastern Iowa. The same as the reported temperature in Fort McMurray. Here everything is mostly shut down. So we stay in doors and avoid discussions about politics. Instead of trying to records things here—which would just offend somebody—I repeat this from an email, and use it as a way to express sympathy with the families of those who died in mining last year. (more…)
I have just received an advanced copy of CostMine’s U.S. Metal & Industrial Mineral Mine Salaries, Wages & Benefits — 2013 Survey Results. You will be able to purchase the complete copy very soon from CostMine. In this and a few following postings, I will note salaries, wages, and compensation for U.S. mining people in 2012 and 2013. Let us start with wages. Here are the national average hourly wages, in US Dollars for 118 U.S. mines for some job categories: (more…)
Journalists (and bloggers) have discovered that spills are big news. There is always the element of failure, of human ineptitude, environmental impact, and an aggrieved local ready to state that all future headaches will be attributed to the spill. The most recent is a spill of radioactive fluids at the Ranger Mine in Australia. Here is part of the report: (more…)