Kansanshi Mining Plc on Friday 11th November 2022 hosted eight mining companies namely Konkola Copper Mines, Mopani, NFCA, Lubambe Copper Mines, Nkana, Mabiza, Mufulira, and Luanshya to a mine rescue training which aimed at improving mine rescue response at the mine pit has Kansanshi is in the process of putting up a team together for the underground decline project.
All Mines Rescue Teams in Zambia are trained through the Zambian Chamber of Mines, and Training is conducted on a quarterly basis throughout the year (4 x per year). Training is conducted at various nominated mines – with the intention for each mine that hosts to use the opportunity to train their management in emergency control requirements. Miners spent an hour underground.
Although mine rescue response gear, training, and techniques have been improved over the past century, you can never be too prepared for an emergency. Miners need the tools to survive during a disaster. To this end, underground mine safety teams can help to improve mine rescue response by clearly identifying escape routes, placing rescue stations in key locations, and by ensuring there is adequate ventilation.
The main things that the teams were tested are; Map reading, Emergency procedure adherence, Leadership and teamwork, and physical fitness and endurance. The training was coordinated by Eric Cousins Zambia Mine Rescue executive was in attendance.
And Kansanshi Mine Management thanked the mine rescue teams for taking their time, commitment and for showcasing their skills and their passion for saving people’s lives.