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Strategies for Ensuring Safety in Mining Workforce Management

According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), mining is one of the most hazardous industries globally, with an estimated 12,000 fatalities occurring annually.

Mining jobs encompass a diverse range of roles, skills, and environments. Workers face risks ranging from falls, fires, and entrapment to long-term health issues from chemical or mineral exposure.

Companies that prioritize managing the workforce and development can enhance operational excellence while protecting their greatest asset - their people.

In this article you will learn: 

  • Challenges in mining workforce management 
  • How to mitigate these challenges with proven strategies 
  • How you can use technology and software to reach your management goals
  • How SafetyIQ’s workforce management software can help

Explore best practices mining organizations can implement to boost efficiency and safety through improved workforce management. By taking a strategic approach, mining leaders can build an empowered, productive workforce to drive success. Let’s find out how!

Challenges in Mining Workforce Management

The mining industry, as a labor-intensive sector, presents several challenges in workforce management. The competencies and working conditions of your employees contradict all the opportunities and risks. 

Here are some of the significant challenges currently faced by the workforce in mining management:

Skill Gaps and the Continuous Need for Training

As mining becomes more complicated and increasingly automated, workers may not possess the necessary technical abilities to operate systems correctly. 

Several reasons contribute to the existence of these skill gaps. For instance, there is a rapid decline in student interest in mining, an aging workforce, industry downturns, the loss of key educational programs, mining’s reputation, and the popularity of other industries. Furthermore, the industry is facing a significant challenge in sourcing personnel with the specific skill set needed for mining projects.

Reports suggest that 73% of mining companies see local skills gaps as the biggest barrier to adopting new technology. The top 40 mining companies surveyed needed to rethink their workforce strategies to appeal to a wider group of employees. Attracting the industry’s next generation of talent requires a focus on the industry’s “skills of the future,” which are in artificial intelligence, robotics, automation, and data analytics.

However, the consequences of skill gaps in the mining industry are far-reaching, affecting not only the immediate operations but also the long-term sustainability and growth of the industry. 

Ensuring Worker Safety in A Challenging Environment

The mining industry is fraught with environmental challenges that directly impact worker safety. These challenges include air and water pollution, land damage, and biodiversity loss.

Air pollution in mines, often caused by dust and toxic gases, can lead to acute respiratory infections and lung diseases among workers. Water pollution, on the other hand, can contaminate drinking water sources, leading to health issues such as gastrointestinal diseases. Land damage, particularly due to improper waste disposal and ground instability, can result in fatal accidents.

The number of fatal injuries in the mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction industry rose from 78 in 2020 to 95 in 2021, a 21.8-percent increase. This statistic underscores the significant impact of environmental challenges on worker safety in the mining industry.

Rostering and Scheduling for Productivity and Worker Well-being

Creating optimal employee schedules in a 24/7 mining operation is a complex task with far-reaching implications for productivity, worker welfare, and environmental sustainability.

Safety regulations in the mining industry are strict, requiring adequate breaks, hydration, and protection, especially in high-temperature environments. 

Non-compliance with safety protocols can lead to severe consequences. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were nearly 3,500 mining-related injuries in 2022. The rate of job-related injuries and illnesses in the mining industry in the United States was 1.3 per 100 workers in 2021.

While 24/7 operations offer potential productivity gains, they also bring significant challenges. One of these is increased machinery wear, which can lead to higher maintenance costs and downtime. Another major concern is the environmental impact. 

For instance, a study conducted in an Indian trackless underground hard rock mine revealed that noise and dust have major impacts on drill operators, while persons involved in mucking and ore/waste transportation are significantly impacted by noise, dust, and diesel fumes.

Managing Fatigue and Worker Attention

Managing fatigue and worker attention is a critical challenge in the mining workplace. 

According to reports from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), fatigue-related accidents are three times more likely to result in injuries in the mining industry compared to other sectors. 

With long shifts and physically demanding tasks, fatigue significantly impairs cognitive function, leading to a higher risk of errors and accidents. In fact, the National Safety Council found that fatigued workers are 70% more likely to be involved in workplace accidents.

You can also download our free eBook, A 5-Step Guide to Prevent Remote Mining Accidents. It will help you effectively learn mining incidents and how to tackle them!

Best Practices for Managing Efficiency and Safety In the Mining Workforce 

Implementing Effective Training Programs

An effective training program is one of the best practices for optimizing mining workforce efficiency and safety. Proper onboarding and ongoing training help employees develop the right skills and knowledge to perform their roles safely and productively. Here are some best practices for training programs in the mining industry:

Onboarding and Ongoing Training:

  • Conduct thorough onboarding training for all new hires, including site orientation, safety procedures, and equipment operation.
  • Require annual refresher training on safety topics.
  • Offer regular skills upgrade training.
  • Train supervisors and team leads in people management skills.
  • Cross-train employees in multiple roles.
  • Evaluate training effectiveness through surveys, tests, observation, and performance metrics.
  • Adjust programs regularly to maximize their impact.

Investing in Workforce Skills Development:

  • Budget adequately for training based on needs assessments for new hires.
  • Support continuous education by reimbursing tuition for advanced degrees related to employees' roles. 
  • Develop in-house mentorship and apprenticeship program.
  • Partner with local trade schools, colleges, and training providers.
  • Offer leadership training for high-potential employees.

Take a strategic approach and track skills gaps across the organization to look ahead and anticipate needs based on business goals.

FOR EXAMPLE: Downer, a facilities management service provider, implemented SafetyIQ’s Journey Management Software for their mobile workforce. The shift from paper to digital was significant.

SafetyIQ allowed Downer to manage real-time responses and reduce incidents, injuries & delays. Downer’s team ensured the software met their unique needs. This led to increased workforce engagement and a more efficient work environment. 

This case highlights the importance of effective onboarding and skills development for successful technology implementation and improved safety and productivity.

Prioritizing Worker Health and Safety

The mining industry has historically struggled with high injury and fatality rates. 

Workforce well-being enhances safety outcomes. Therefore, providing access to healthcare, healthy food options, and wellness programs demonstrates a company's commitment. 

Mental health should be destigmatized through training and support resources. Fatigue risk management systems can mitigate issues like long shifts and irregular schedules. Also, new technologies help identify dangers before accidents occur, including: 

  • Gas monitors
  • Proximity detectors
  • Stability radars

With a multifaceted approach, mining companies can substantially improve worker health and safety.

FOR EXAMPLE: After a series of fatigue-related incidents, Ventia realized it needed to enhance its journey management to improve the safety of its mobile workforce. 

Ventia Implemented SafetyIQ, streamlining their journey management and fatigue management process with: 

- Journey Planning
- Fatigue and Risk Assessments
- Automated Review 
- Safe Travel Monitoring 
- Emergency Escalation Protocols

The integration of SafetyIQ facilitated a comprehensive safety system, improving visibility and worker engagement with safety practices. Ventia have not had a fatigue-related incident since implementing SafetyIQ in 2016. 

Embracing Technology and Automation

The mining industry has seen tremendous technological advancements in recent years that can optimize efficiency and improve worker safety if implemented carefully. 

Automation and remote operation of machinery can remove workers from hazardous environments and reduce injury risk. You can prevent problems before they occur using:

  • Sophisticated sensors
  • Drones
  • Wearables
  • Other devices provide rich data to enhance real-time monitoring

A hybrid workforce of both humans and autonomous systems will be the way of the future as it is rational for business cases. 

Change management is crucial when bringing innovation into mining. If workers believe that automation would eliminate their jobs, they would actively oppose it. Training people in new skills and emphasizing that technology makes even unskilled work more accessible can reduce this fear. 

Once in place, you, as a mining company’s safety manager, can effectively use automation to increase productivity, health and safety, and overall workability.

Optimizing Team Structures

An optimized team structure is crucial for maximizing efficiency and safety in mining operations. The organizational model should promote clear roles, responsibilities, and communication across all levels.

  • Adopt a flat structure for direct communication.
  • Limit supervisors to overseeing 10-15 reports.
  • Form teams with diverse perspectives for better solutions.
  • Use visual boards to track progress and goals.
  • Document procedures to define roles and processes.
  • Conduct regular safety meetings for risk identification.
  • Encourage informal communication between shifts for knowledge sharing.

With optimized team structures characterized by clear roles, responsibilities, and communication, mining organizations can improve efficiency, productivity, and safety outcomes. A collaborative, transparent, and engaged workforce is a tremendous asset.

Providing Competitive Compensation

Companies must provide competitive compensation packages to attract and retain top talent in the mining industry. This involves benchmarking pay rates against industry standards, as well as linking compensation to individual and company performance.

Benchmarking Against the Industry

Mining companies should research and analyze compensation levels at competing organizations. Pay levels should be compared for similar roles, experience levels, and qualifications. Some key metrics to benchmark include:

  • Base salaries
  • Bonus potential
  • Benefits packages
  • Time-off allowances

Regular market research allows companies to understand industry pay trends, such as which roles are in high demand. Competitive analysis ensures compensation plans align with the current job market.

Linking Pay to Performance

Tying compensation to performance incentivizes productivity and rewards top talent. Common pay-for-performance metrics include:

  • Individual output, such as ore processed or mined
  • Adherence to safety protocols
  • Team performance, like production targets met
  • Company profitability and growth

Plans like variable pay, bonuses, profit sharing, and stock options can all connect employee paychecks to individual, team, and organizational performance. Clear communication of pay-for-performance metrics ensures alignment across the workforce.

How Software Management System (SafetyIQ) Helps With Mining Workforce Safety

SafetyIQ, a leading workforce management software, plays a pivotal role in enhancing the safety of the mining workforce. It offers a proactive risk management approach, specifically configured to manage all elements of Work Health and Safety unique to the Mining Industry.

One of the key challenges in mining is managing a workforce where workers have to travel to remote sites or work alone. SafetyIQ addresses this by providing comprehensive safety processes for these workers, ensuring their protection. It also offers a robust EHS Management system for streamlined audits, inspections, and hazard and incident reporting.

Another significant concern in the mining industry is fatigue management. SafetyIQ’s Advanced Fatigue Management Solutions utilize cutting-edge technology to effectively monitor dispersed workers and prevent fatigue-related incidents.

Moreover, SafetyIQ’s platform includes features like Journey Management, GPS/IVMS Integration, Travel Risk Assessments, and Emergency Response, all of which create a safer work environment for employees working in the mining industry.

This is revolutionizing the mining industry by providing a comprehensive, data-driven, and user-friendly platform that prioritizes the safety and well-being of the workforce. It’s not just about compliance with safety standards but about creating a culture of safety and care within the industry.

YOU CAN ALSO DOWNLOAD OUR FREE GUIDE ON “The Mining, Oil and Gas Industry Safety” AND DISCOVER HOW SOFTWARE SOLUTION, LIKE SafetyIQ CAN HELP HERE!

FAQS - Get More Answers Here!

How can mining companies attract and retain top talent through competitive compensation and benefits packages?

Mining companies should benchmark compensation against industry standards, offer pay structures linked to performance, provide competitive benefits packages, and research industry pay trends through market analysis. This ensures they can recruit and retain the best talent.

How proper onboarding, ongoing training, and skills upgrading improve mining employee performance and safety?

Proper training ensures employees have the requisite knowledge and skills to safely and productively operate equipment and machinery. Regular skills upgrade training keeps their competencies current as mining becomes more automated. This optimizes employee performance and safety.

How can change management strategies help mining companies successfully implement new technologies like automation?

Change management through training in new skills, emphasizing technology accessibility, and reducing fears of job loss can help successfully implement automation. This ensures workers actively support, rather than oppose, beneficial new technologies.

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