Home » Workforce Safety Is Top Priority for Mining Companies
Workforce Safety Is Top Priority for Mining Companies
According to the third annual Mining Executive Insights survey by Ventyx, an ABB company, worker safety and managing capital projects are the highest priorities of today's mining executives, followed closely by maximizing production effectiveness.
Completed in late 2012, the survey represents the views of 374 mining companies with operations in virtually every world market. The majority of respondents were C-level executives, vice presidents or directors across the full spectrum of mining sectors, including coal, gold, copper, iron ore, zinc and nickel.
When asked to identify their current priorities by level of importance, 31% said workforce safety was most important, while 25% named managing capital projects, and 21% said maximizing production effectiveness was their top priority. Ensuring reliable and predictable operation of equipment trailed at 8%.
"Our research shows the mining industry remains cautious about the strength of global economic recovery. In response, many mining organizations have begun looking inward, especially in regard to the labor market. In doing so, they have shifted their focus from finding qualified workers anywhere, at any cost, to ensuring the workforce they currently have is efficient, well-informed and safe," says Bas Mutsaers, senior vice president of Mining Industry Solutions at Ventyx.
"At the same time, these companies aren't seeing a tradeoff between worker safety and profitability. In other words, the same technologies and best practices that improve safety also improve performance and efficiency," he adds.
The study demonstrated how closely mining executives correlate worker safety and mine productivity. When asked to identify their primary safety initiatives, 64% of respondents selected "development of skills, best work practices and situation-based decision-making."
"As companies equip their workforces with new technologies, such as mobility solutions that enable faster access to information regardless of location, they're finding they can change their traditional approach to training and skill development," says Mutsaers. "There is definitely an opportunity for mining organizations to leverage emerging technologies to transform how they educate and empower their workers to reduce safety incidents and improve efficiencies. By delivering on-demand information to the point of work, for example, new mobility solutions can reduce the need to train workers for every possible situation, while equipping them to make better on-the-spot decisions."
For complete survey results, visit http://bit.ly/WCyQf3.
Past Time to Upgrade Your DCS?
Upgrading Your DCS: Why You May Need to Do It Sooner Than You Think
Friday p.m. Wrap-Up:This Week on ControlGlobal and Elsewhere
Some of the week's biggest stories in process automation
What's Bad Weather Costing Us?
U.S. taxpayers paid nearly $100 billion responding to damages caused by last year’s extreme weather events associated with climate change, about $1,100 per taxpayer, according to an analysis by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).
BP, Shell, Statoil Raided by EC
European Commission investigators raided the offices of oil companies BP, Royal Dutch Shell and Statoil as well as data collector Platts as part of a larger inquiry into price manipulation of the global crude market.
Invensys' SimSci Suite 2013 Now with More Usability Features
Invensys releases SimSci Suite 2013, a DVD catalogue providing a single source for all of Invensys' current SimSci-Esscor design, operator training, simulation and optimization software
What We Can Learn About Safety from the Titanic Hearings
This report from the U.K. publication The Engineer is instructive. It reprints a report from the May, 1912 hearings on the sinking of the Titanic.
Honeywell Integrates and Certifies FMC722 Subsea Automation Protocol
The integration and certification of these solutions will boost the productivity of oil and gas field operators and engineers
Monsanto Muscatine named 2012 HART Plant of the Year
The HART Communication Foundation today announces that the Monsanto chemical manufacturing plant located in Muscatine, Iowa, USA, was selected as recipient of the 2012 HART Plant of the Year Award.
Siemens Gas Chromatograph Is ISA Product of the Year
Siemens Industry, Inc. has been awarded the prestigious ISA Analysis Division Product of the Year Award for 2013 for its Maxum edition II gas chromatograph featuring a new modular oven and color touch panel display.
IChemE Issues Call for Papers for Fall Conference
Scotland will host a new international symposium on the future of the oil and gas industry later this year, and papers are now being invited on key issues including shale gas, carbon management and the future of refining and petrochemicals in Europe.
- All news »
Access the entire print issue on-line and be notified each month via e-mail when your new issue is ready for you. Subscribe today.
- Featured White Papers