Security norms in South African mining sector serve as model for Turkey


Working conditions and security measures introduced in mining sector in the South Africa set an example for Turkey, where more than 300 miners have been killed in a tragic mine explosion recently.

Before entering site of Canyon Mine, located in Johannesburg, all of the vehicles used in the mine undergo a brake test. According to the regulations, each miner should wear a helmet, earplugs, luminous safety vest, glasses and gloves before the beginning of the shift.

One of the officials from Canyon Mine Jaco Jacops told Cihan news agency that no work-related accident has taken place in the mine so far. Statistics on the mine accidents reveals that only 35 miners were killed in the last five years across the country.

“Each visitor takes an alcohol test and informed about security measures in the mine before visiting the mine. On recruiting process, we demand a health certificate from the miners to make sure that they are healthy enough to work in a mine,” said Jacops.

Jacops also said each miner is equipped with a bag, which contains an oxygen tube, while working. “Every morning we have a meeting on the security measures that must be taken in due course of work,” added Jacops.


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