TR Safety Consultants aim to be a quality provider of excellent products
We will achieve this through ensuring an excellent service at an affordable price
Our Quality Policy
We have committed ourselves to implementing and maintaining a cost effective Quality
Management System to ensure we produce products and services, which consistently meet
or exceed our Customer’s expectations !
We are privileged to be able to carry out our work under the auspices of the Chamber of Mines
We bring along knowledge and experience with a good track record and would be happy to share this with you
All courses have a substantial practical component
We are an ISO 9001:2015 certified company.
We are also MQA accredited for safety representative training.
In 1894 the Rand Mutual Assurance Company LTD was founded for the purpose of insuring employees of mining companies which were members of the Chamber of Mines, against injuries suffered in the course of their employment. The company became increasingly concerned about the high fatality rates experienced on the Witwatersrand Gold Mines and in 1913 a sub-committee of the Chamber of Mines was appointed to go into the matter and make recommendations. This was known as the Prevention of Accidents Committee. It set out on the road of communication and enlightenment that was to make a substantial contribution to a growing trend towards fewer accidents with the passing of each year.
The accident fatality frequency rate which was at 3,81 per thousand at work per year in 1913 would be halved over the next 25 years. This was achieved as a result of a concentrated drive for safer mining, despite a steady increase in the depth and extent of underground workings, and the continuation of the migratory labour system, characterised by high turnover and influx of novice workmen without industrial training or skills.
Despite the advances made in safety, and in the saving of lives, it was evident by the early seventies that the industry was close to the limit progress by existing methods. The law of diminishing returns was operating. Moreover, mines were getting deeper, and in periods of expansion and depth or when large numbers of novice labourers were employed under inexperienced supervisors, accident rates tended to drift upward. Then, in 1976, the industry became aware of the development, principally in the United State of the techniques of loss control management which imply the control not only of accidents causing personal injury but also of all incidents that cause damage to material and equipment, and cause other losses, for the reason they all originate from similar causes.
Early in 1978 Frank E Bird, Executive Director of the International L Control Institute in Atlanta, Georgia, together with South African – officials, spent many weeks developing what is now known as the International Safety Rating Programme(ISRP). There was some reluctance to participate at first, but soon large numbers of managers and senior officials of mines head offices were attending the series of five—day courses for which Frank Bird brought to South Africa annually. A Diploma in Loss Control Management introduced in 1979, had been awarded to 1 784 candidates by the end of 1984.
The record shows that the reportable injury rate declined dramatically after 1978. The fatality rate was slow to follow, reflecting the inability wholly to engineer out the hazards of rock falls and rockbursts, but in 1984 the rate at last fell below the record low of 1968. The figure for collieries in that year was also the best yet. In 1985, mines improved again. The fatality rate on gold mines fell to 1,03 per thousand at work per year, and that on collieries to 0,42. The rate for all mines fell below 1,00 for first time to 0,89.
In 1980, the Prevention of Accidents Committee was reorganised to improve its effectiveness and renamed the Mine Safety division.
This Division (MSD) operated two sections, the Mine Auditing Team and the Training division.
Mines are evaluated annually by auditors from the Mine Safety Division. The Division auditors also provide assistance to mines in developing loss control programs.
The training division continued to provide training in Loss Control management and developed a number of other courses for the training of mine personnel in safety. These include the training of Safety Officers, workplace safety representatives and operational staff.
In 1998, the Chamber of Mines, as part of their cost cutting exercises, decided to privatise the Mine Safety Division and so TR Safety Consultants was formed to continue the work of providing safety education and consulting services to the mining industry.
This company functions to help evaluate the training needs of the industry and to design and conduct courses to meet those needs. These courses may be designed either as ‘package’ deals for the mines to be held in house, or the company organises courses to be presented at various venues around the country as required.
TR Safety Consultants provides a wide range of practical ‘hands on’ training courses to meet the needs of the industry. These courses range from Safety courses for Safety Officers to courses such as Safety Management for supervisors and HIRA which are aimed at line management, as well as health and safety representative courses.
This company has trained thousands of safety officers, workplace safety representatives and production personnel over the past 15 years and will continue to strive towards excellent service to this great industry and will continue to endeavour to help Make Mining Safer in the future.