On the way to the airport this morning, I passed Dockers. It is a nondescript place to eat on Powell Street right besides the Vancouver docks. I have often stopped at this place to eat after a long ride on a sunny Sunday. The interior is “original” with no pretensions. The service is rough and ready. The food is extraordinary: large; substantial; and cheap. A great way to end a ride. A great place to eat—try it sometime. (more…)
Archive for the ‘health and safety’ Category
I have just downloaded and browsed through the ICMM Health and Safety Conference Report. I am impressed by the report and like the format: basically prepare a report on the conference after the conference. This provides an opportunity to collate ideas, themes, and opportunities to improve. It makes it possible to keep abreast without having to plough through detailed, too-often badly written papers. And it makes it possible to let important people speak and make presentations without preparing a paper without the rest of us loosing the opportunity to learn from them. I applaud this practice and encourage others to do the same. (more…)
Risk resilience is a term that I heard for the first time today. The people who used the term assure me that it is not new, just not recognized in mining for its power. There was a conference last year in South Africa on risk resilience in mining. There is a successful consultant on the topic in Australia. (more…)
It could be a perfect evening. The sky is clear; the temperature warm; the humidity soft and enveloping; the music from the neighbors a Latin rhythm of amor y famlia; the talk of a day when the consulting advice is worth far more than the consulting fees; the supper a lousy hamburger to appease a vast hunger from walking in the field and physical activity in pursuit of intellectual solutions to hard problems. (more…)
Not sure how I missed the blog Mining Mayhem for so long. I have posted a link to this fascinating site on my blogroll to the right. It is well worth your time to go take a look.
Nothing serious in the way of analysis, but instead a glorious collection of photographs of mining accidents and mishaps. Most of trucks and other mining equipment that have fallen down, tipped over, or gotten bogged down.
These photos go to remind us of the need for constant attention to health and safety in the mining environment.
Not sure how he gets all these photos, but I sure hope he keeps collecting and posting them. I for one will go back frequently to see new ones.
Posted in About the news, Coal, health and safety, Human relations and mining, Jobs and Salaries, North America, tagged BC, chinese coal miners, court case, federal government, union on November 17, 2012 | 4 Comments »
Thus far I have refrained from commenting on the fact that Chinese miners are here and more are coming to mine coal in a British Columbia coal mine. It is the sort of topic crafted to get one into trouble whatever you write. But maybe the time is now right—considering a report that a Federal Court has agreed to decide if two British Columbia unions have standing to seek an injunction that would stop more Chinese coal miners coming to work at Tumbler Ridge. (more…)
Posted in consulting, environmental, First Nations, Global Warming, health and safety, Human relations and mining, Investing & Finance, Jobs and Salaries, mining, Mining history, People, Policy and procedure, tagged career, civil engineer, education, fly-in, fly-out, mining engineer. NGO on November 9, 2012 | 5 Comments »
Over a span of nearly forty years consulting to the mining industry, I have worked with many mining engineers. On the basis of long experience, I can say with confidence that mining engineers spend most of their time in meetings, listening to consultants and staff and making hard decisions about the mine they work for or manage. (more…)
Each evening on the ride home from work, I cross the Second Narrows Bridge. It is a spectacular ride up to the crest of the bridge and down at great speed over the bumpy construction joints. The bike lane is narrow. Two bicycles cannot pass in opposite directions. The cyclist coming up has to stop, pull to the side, and let the cyclist going down pass. Each such encounter is a friendly passing, with smiles and thank-yous to all. (more…)