Pay Attention to ‘Date and Day’ Definitions for Better Contract Security

For many, if not most, companies serving the global mining sector, contracts are the mortar that binds the foundation blocks of industrial growth. Various types of contractual agreements—for equipment, construction, services or commodities, to name just a few—represent income for some, capital investment or asset upkeep for others, and are generally written with the intent to recover maximum value from the resources expanded to award or win them. However, despite any level of care and attention paid to preparation, contractual disputes can arise for a vast number of reasons, and one of the most common causes of confusion or misunderstanding is also among the most basic: the definition of days, dates and deadlines.

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What Approach is Best for Work-site Buildings—Concrete, Steel or Fabric?

An outdoors-based industry requires equipment and facilities that endure, but there’s some debate as to which building material is best suited for storage structures, labor housing and logistics in mining applications. Advances in engineering and related technologies now bring into question whether the traditional steel or brick-and-mortar building may be the most economical or functional choice.

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Staying Safe, by Keeping Track

One of the more commonly expressed safety goals of the global mining industry is to “get people out of the mine” through greater use of mechanization or other emerging technologies, such as tele-remote or autonomous control systems. It’s a goal that’s not always feasible, as a well-known African mining company recently found out (See “Lonmin Optimistic About Future,” pp. 16-19, in this issue)—and even when it is, it’s a transitional process that takes time. However, regardless of whether workforce numbers at any given operation are rising or falling, there’s an ongoing need to keep track of workers on-site, for personal and site security reasons, recordkeeping and emergency response management. Two recent announcements highlight different ways in which recent technological advances are making this easier for employers—and employees.

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