Journal of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
On-line version ISSN 2411-9717
LEHASA, L.. An investigation on underground transport roads and influence on safety and productivity at Khutala Colliery. J. S. Afr. Inst. Min. Metall. [online]. 2012, vol.112, n.4, pp. 267-272. ISSN 2411-9717.
The purpose of the project was to investigate the challenges faced by Khutala Colliery pertaining to underground road construction and maintenance. Furthermore the influence of these challenges on productivity and safety requirements were taken into consideration. The operating standards required for the construction and maintenance of the 2 seam road transport infrastructure was investigated, together with reasons why the standards of operating procedure are not met. The Code of Practice put in place by Khutala Colliery was used to view the standard operating procedures. Leading practices on underground road construction were researched. The project aims to discover the gaps that Khutala Colliery must bridge to implement enhanced practices with regards to underground road construction. During the period of study, observations were carried out to determine whether the road construction standards of operating procedure were being adhered to at all times for both road construction and road maintenance. Khutala Colliery has put in place a traffic management plan, which includes safety practices and work policies that must be adhered to while travelling on underground transport roads.
Keywords : road construction; maintenance; strategic road design..