Sandvik Adds Intelligent Solution to AutoMine Portfolio

This week Sandvik introduced Tele-Remote for underground loaders, a new smart entry-level addition to its AutoMine product family at a gathering in Tampere, Finland. The system, according to Sandvik, provides an easy way to start exploring the full potential of equipment automation while improving productivity, safety and cost efficiency in mining operations.

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MSHA Proposes Changes to Final Rule on Workplace Examinations for M/NM Mines

This week, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) published two proposed rules in the Federal Register that would change the agency’s final rule on examinations of working places in metal and nonmetal (M/NM) mines that was published on January 23. The first proposed rule would make limited changes to the final rule, according to MSHA. The proposed changes would require that an examination of the working place be conducted before work begins or as miners begin work in that place, and that the examination record include descriptions of adverse conditions that are not corrected promptly and the dates of corrective action for these conditions. It would provide mine operators additional flexibility in managing their safety and health programs and reduce regulatory burdens without reducing the protections afforded miners. The proposed rule would continue to permit mine operators with consecutive shifts or those that operate on a 24-hour, 365-day basis to conduct an examination on the previous shift.

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FLSmidth Opens Office in Ghana

FLSmidth is strengthening its African footprint with the opening of a new office in Accra. The new presence in Ghana will provide a hub for regional operations, as there is already a large installed base not just in Ghana, but in other neighboring countries including Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Mali and Guinea.

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Guatemalan Supreme Court Reinstates Escobal License

Tahoe Resources reported that the Guatemalan Supreme Court issued a decision that reinstates the Escobal mining license of Tahoe’s Guatemalan subsidiary, Minera San Rafael (MSR). This decision reverses the Supreme Court's preliminary decision to suspend MSR’s license in connection with an action brought by the antimining organization, CALAS, against Guatemala’s Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM). CALAS alleged that MEM violated the Xinca indigenous people’s right of consultation in advance of granting the Escobal mining license to MSR.

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