A legal appointment is not a paper exercise, but a formal assumption of legal responsibility. It is essentially a contract that requires the designated person to understand the objectives of the law and the requirements imposed by the law. It is extremely important that the appointee clearly understands the obligations imposed on him or her by the letter of appointment. The appointment of a qualified person in accordance with rule 2.13.6.1 does not relieve the mechanic who preceded him of any personal liability for the period during which he was in charge. It is also important for the appointee to acknowledge that their responsibilities are the same as those of the manager, but limited to what is indicated in the letter of appointment. It is therefore important that the delegate has a very good understanding of the manager`s responsibilities and obligations. (2.10.14) The manager shall submit plans and specifications approved by an engineer to the Chief Inspector of Mines for approval. Details of the construction and watershed of dams to be built to save water must be provided. Any cofferdams or other barricades to be built underground to retain water under a pressure greater than 700 KPA must also be presented. Depending on the complexity and structure of the extraction or exploration company, the contractor`s staff may be asked to accept either a 2.6.1, “junior manager” or a 2.9.2, “person to assist”. Does the appointment of a safety officer relieve a person of personal responsibility? We have already examined the origins and structure of the Mining Health and Safety Act 29 of 1996. In this article, I would like to examine an important feature of the act – the transfer of responsibility through statutory appointment provisions: who is responsible if something goes wrong? (2.13.3.1) To assist Engineer 2.13.1, the Chief may appoint junior engineers who, In addition, rock construction requires an understanding of available supports and their performance.

From this, the optimal support required for the stability of the excavation pits is selected, taking into account relevant factors such as safety, age and economic efficiency. Rock engineering also includes a practical understanding of mining-induced seismicity, including mechanisms; Mine development to minimize seismicity support to minimize damage from rock fractures. What are the duties and responsibilities of the engineer or competent person? A number of other sections of the Act provide for the appointment of persons to assist the owner/employer (CEO) and together these sections create a “statutory nomination structure” through which the day-to-day functions of the mine can be performed safely. In the first article of this series, we saw that although the Minerals Act 50 of 1991 has been repealed, the provisions of the Minerals Act are still in force. As a result, some appointments are made under the Minerals Act, while others are made under the Mining Health and Safety Act, which can be confusing. (2) The appointment of a manager does not relieve the employer of the obligations imposed on owners by this or any other Act. All legal appointments must be made on official company letterhead, dated and signed by the agent and the person making the appointment. Letters of appointment are usually couched in very general terms – this serves to protect the employer when a regulation is repealed, amended or supplemented.

However, this places an extremely heavy burden on the Commissioner to ensure not only that he carries out his day-to-day duties, but also keeps abreast of any amendments to the Mining Health and Safety Act. Do you specify the conditions under which a junior engineer can assist an engineer in directing and controlling junior engineers in a mine? (2.13.2) In any mine or plant where the nameplate capacity of machinery used for the generation of electricity, as well as the energy supplied from outside, does not exceed 2500 kW, all machinery shall be managed by a qualified person appointed in writing by the manager. An engineer may be responsible for the general management of these machines. When are people other than an engineer allowed to inspect machines? (2.17.7) The appointment of a qualified person as a safety officer has all the duties and responsibilities of a safety officer and does not relieve the safety officer of his or her personal responsibilities. Rock engineering is the discipline of planning and supporting stable excavations in rock. By understanding the properties of the rock, both quantitatively and qualitatively, it is possible to plan stable excavation work in mines. Can the manager of a mine call himself an engineer? This is an extremely important definition, as it fills a serious gap in previous versions of the legislation. Indeed, it covers all eventualities – if an exploration permit or mining permit has been legally issued, the owner is the person in whose name the permit or permit was issued.

Rock technology has played a crucial role in the exploitation of South Africa`s underground mineral deposits. Much of the knowledge in rock engineering has become common practice thanks to the experience and efforts of rock mechanics and educational institutions to disseminate best practices in the industry. Many rock engineers have degrees in natural sciences or engineering, but some have mining degrees.