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Kazakhmys Exploration LLC - Kazakhstan, Health and Safety

During the process of privatisation, Kazakhmys realised that their fatality record was unsustainable. Their H&S management system didn't meet OHSAS 18001 standards, a benchmark required by major investors. Lacking the in-house capacity to effectively audit their current system against the international specification, they commissioned us to carry out the initial audit with a view to improving the system and gaining future accreditation. While doing this we discovered that 50% of the fatalities had resulted from avoidable "room and pillar" roof falls. A specific task was commissioned to identify the causes.
 
Through underground visits we investigated the whole work cycle, identifying hazard 'hot spots'. We analysed production targets, methods, equipment, maintenance, training, materials and inspection to establish why roof falls were happening. We identified specific high risk tasks and methods. We then suggested solutions including not using certain equipment in specific situations, adopting resin-based roof bolts where possible, avoiding short cuts and improving the standard of support close to the working face.
 
The result was an immediate drop in both fatalities and injuries caused by roof falls. In the following six month there were no fatalities from this cause.