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The safe mindset of managers, shiftbosses and miners on a platinum mine in South Africa

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dc.contributor.advisor Prof. Karel J. Stanz en
dc.contributor.author Jansen van Rensburg, Nicolaas
dc.date.accessioned 2010-10-26T07:21:12Z
dc.date.available 2010-10-26T07:21:12Z
dc.date.issued 2010-10-26T07:21:12Z
dc.date.submitted 2008-11
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10210/3451
dc.description M.Phil. en
dc.description.abstract The mining industry in South Africa is in a process of transformation, which can be ascribed to various influences. First and foremost is the process of the conversion of mineral rights, employment equity and black economic empowerment. The ethnic distribution of mining employees at the time of the study reflected that Managers were predominantly white, the majority of Shift bosses were white and Miners were predominantly black. Central to the transformation process is maintaining and improving production output in a safe manner. Leadership in addition also impacts on health and safety in the workplace and the process to transform the organisation to world- class status commences with leadership. Transforming health and safety in the organisation to world-class status is a leadership imperative. The fatality rates in South African mines are continuously being addressed not only through initiatives from the Chamber of Mines of South Africa, but also through the various mining houses. The introduction of the Mine Health and Safety Act and Regulations 29 of 1996 made a profound impact on health and safety management on South African Mines. The introduction of blasting certificate holders replaced the scheduled person (contract miner). Various mining houses grasped the opportunity and trained their own miners from previously disadvantaged communities. This also assisted in achieving transformation objectives. The fatalities on platinum mines in South Africa since 1995 have remained constant up to 2007 although a slight decrease is reported. Nevertheless, injuries and fatalities in South African mines are attracting negative attention from society and the investment community. This is not in the interest of the mining industry. Research indicates that unsafe behaviour contributes 87% and more to incidents and injuries (including fatalities) on mines. The study of behaviour as a contributing factor in organisational safety is a relatively young science since the first reported studies in the 1980's. Research in this domain strives to develop an understanding of behaviour as a contributing factor in organisational safety. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Organizational change management en
dc.subject Employees' attitudes en
dc.subject Employee empowerment en
dc.subject Platinum mines and mining en
dc.subject Platinum mines and mining safety measures en
dc.subject Industrial safety en
dc.subject Industrial relations en
dc.subject Mine safety in South Africa en
dc.title The safe mindset of managers, shiftbosses and miners on a platinum mine in South Africa en
dc.type Thesis en


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