In 2008, 171 South African mine employees were killed, a 24% improvement from the statistics of 2007, however with the numbers close to 165 (unconfirmed) in 2009, the trend is not encouraging and requires implementation of the latest real-time hazard assessment technologies. Since mine closures (Section 54) are implemented on the regular basis after the fatal accidents these closures together with high numbers of lost-time injuries (approximately 4000) increased the costs of production significantly. The challenges that the South African Mining Industry have to improve its track record on health and safety has been ever-present over the last decade and will remain up until the target of ZERO HARM has been achieved.
DRAMI is a South African consulting company which specialises in mining safety and technology issues such as follows:
1. Real-time ground control hazard assessment and training
2. Coordination of R&D projects
3. Representation / dealership of successful applications and safety tools
4. Advising the mining authorities after an accident investigation
5. New technologies assessment and implementation.