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Cause of the Numerous Open Pit Mine Equipment Accidents: A Case of X Mining Company

Journal: International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR) (Vol.10, No. 2)

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Page : 1-17

Keywords : Open Pit; Equipment Accident; Training;

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This study investigates the cause of the numerous open pit equipment accidents at X Mining Company (XMC) during the period January 2019 to December 2020. The motivation for this study came from the large number of equipment accidents occurring at the Mine despite the available safety and management interventions. XMC management expressed concern with the increased number of mining equipment accidents and several awareness meetings were held with the employees. However, no holistic research was conducted to identify the root cause of the accidents. It is for this reason that this study was conducted to better understand the contributing factors in mobile equipment accidents, assess available training interventions, propose new ideas if needed, and determine whether certain activities or systems at the Mine required receiving special focus. Self-administered questionnaires were used to collect data from Operators and Supervisors. Data from the questionnaires were meant to provide feedback relating to the causes and factors associated with the numerous Open Pit mobile equipment accidents at XMC. Specifically, 147 copies were administered to mobile equipment Operators and 21 to Mining Supervisors. In order to analyse the questionnaire with open-ended questions, particularly for the responses from Supervisors, thematic analysis was used. Quantitative data analysis was done using descriptive and inferential statistics, SPSS Version 20. Whereas, qualitative data were analyzed using thematic analysis. An inductive approach was used by allowing the data to determine the emerging themes using four steps i.e., familiarization, coding, generating themes and theme definition and naming. An ethnographic study was conducted as a way of consolidating and validating the questionnaire responses and this was augment by document review. The study concluded that, mining equipment accidents by Operators at XMC are due to bad pit condition. This came out as the most prominent risk factor

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