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headgear thumb medium80 122Mining Weekly reports that the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) has urged mining companies to put more focus on the health and safety of mineworkers during the final few months of the year.  

It pointed out that fatalities were traditionally higher during this time.  The department said its inspectorate would intensify the monitoring and evaluation of the mine health and safety management systems through inspections and audits for the remainder of the year.  “All mineworkers and supervisors are reminded that unsafe work practices can be fatal and may lead to undesirable circumstances.  Wherever there is non-compliance to the regulations and a threat to the health and safety of any persons at mines, the department will not hesitate to issue instructions as guided by the Mine Health and Safety Act,” the department emphasised.  The DMRE said it would ensure that mines put in place shift fatigue management systems that were continuously monitored and that drug and alcohol tests were done frequently during afternoon and night shifts.  In cases where arrangements were in place for workers to work overtime, managers had to ensure proper supervision and that measures were in place to prevent accidents.

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