​Effective Mine Water Management – It Counts

It's a simple substance made up of nothing more than a heap of molecules, each of which consists of an oxygen atom attached to 2 hydrogen atoms, connected to its identical neighbouring molecules via the -+ attraction of hydrogen bonding. Yet it's one of the reasons why the Earth is the only planet within our solar system capable of sustaining life....
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​Mine Water Management In Africa, Japan, And The US

In a previous article we looked at how some South American miners and mines have tackled the thorny issue of water supply and mine water management. This article takes a look at similar projects elsewhere around the world – Africa, Japan, and the US. Thermal coal mining and the eMalahleni Water Reclamation Plant In South Africa (Anglo American / BH...
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​Innovative Solutions For Solving Water Supply Problems

​ Access to clean water is now a declared fundamental human right as per the UN's 2010 declaration. It's also a fundamental ingredient in mining operations because no mine can operate without water. However, the two needs often clash. Indeed, cynics might argue that the two uses are mutually exclusive. They have plenty of evidence to back up their ...
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The Impact Of FIFO Mental Health Problems On Small Rural Mining Communities

One of the most traumatic results of mental health issues within the community generally is suicide. In a large metropolitan area, these may go relatively unnoticed in the overall scheme of things outside the victim's immediate sphere of family, friends, and work colleagues. However, when it happens in a small community it has the potential to impa...
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Mining, Mining Workforces, And Their Impact On Small Town Economic Infrastructure

What happens to a town when a mining company moves into town? Studies like this one ​ , commissioned by the City of Karratha in Western Australia for the State Government inquiry into mental illness is FIFO workers, provides a few clues. Communities like Karratha in remote mining regions of the world are impacted greatly by mining operations. They ...
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​Australia's Pilbara – A Sense Of Community?

We read and hear a lot about the effects of FIFO work on the workers themselves but what about the effects of a transitory population on some of the towns and regions where these workers are based.  This is the first in a series where we take a look at the FIFO 'scene' from the other side of the equation.  From the perspective of the comm...
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Looming Boom Prompts Calls For Changes To Australia's Skilled Worker Visas

​ During the last boom the West Australian mining industry relied on hundreds of skilled trades people and mining personnel from the eastern states, and overseas, to fill positions created by the state's flood of construction and mining activities. Fast-forward over half a decade and it's a vastly different situation. The demand for these skills is...
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​Tips For A FIFO Working Christmas On A Mine Site

As the Christian world ramps up for yet another Christmas we spare a thought for those FIFO workers who will be spending Christmas and the Festive Season working on a mine site. It would be nice to think mine sites could shut down in observance of occasions like Christmas to allow their staff to spend Christmas Day with family and friends. The real...
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​The Value Of FIFO Lifestyle Inductions To Those Who Would Receive Them

Inductions are an important part of welcoming new employees into a company and are commonly used in many industries. They provide employees with vital information around policies and procedures, and they help equip them with the skills and knowledge they'll require in relation to their new job with that particular company. Inductions are also a way...
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Is The Mental Health Of FIFO Workers Improving?

Over the years there have been many calls for the mining industry to start taking the issue of mental health and well being amongst FIFO workers more seriously. The statistics are damning, and each report that studies the subject adds more evidence to the growing pile, backing up and substantiating facts that are already known. For example, the Cit...
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Keeping Fit And Healthy In Mining

​ There's little doubt that most FIFO camps provide great food! They're renowned for it. So renowned in fact that the industry is also renowned for its higher than average rate of obesity. A study done by Edith Cowan University in Perth back in 2013 found that the overweight / obesity rate amongst FIFO workers hovers around 79% or higher. It's only...
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Could Remote Workplace Arrangements Be Affecting Your Ability To Hire The Best Talent?

Workplace flexibility as a term covers a wide area. It can refer to alterations in rosters, being prepared to swap from working weekdays to weekends, changing from part-time to full-time (and vice versa), taking on work even though it isn't 'in your job description' and a range of other things. However, what most people tend to think of when they h...
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5 Things That Influence Why Students Choose The Careers They Do

When it comes to our job, we're all motivated by many things. It may be pay, job satisfaction, career advancement, enjoyment, challenge, the opportunity to use certain skill sets or job benefits. These motivators are broadly classified as either intrinsic or extrinsic. Extrinsic motivators are those that are supplied by the working environment – pa...
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​Mining Professionals And The Thorny Issue Of Relocation

For many mining professionals, the concept of relocating to residential areas close to mine sites is becoming a question of not ' when ', but ' if '. Where once it was generally taken for granted that if one wanted a job in the mining industry, one needed to be prepared to relocate if necessary, that's not so much the case any more. Mining professi...
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How To Kill Your Mining Career Dead!

With the current skills shortage in the mining industry it might be tempting to think that mining companies are so desperate to retain personnel that they'll overlook certain behaviours. Unfortunately, if that's your belief, you're in for a shock! Mining is heavily regulated in many countries. For good reason. A mine site isn't the safest of work p...
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Ahh FIFO Rosters……….!

In May of this year (2018) Rural and Remote Mental Health ​ , an Australian not-for-profit public company specialising in providing mental health programs and services for those who live and work in rural and remote Australia, presented a report called Psychological distress in remote mining and construction workers in Australia ​ . Whilst the repo...
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Social Media And It's Significance For The Mining Industry

When Mark Zuckerberg sat down at his computer in college all those years ago and created an interesting bit of software, he probably had no idea it would ultimately become the biggest social media platform ever. That program of course was the embryonic version of what would ultimately develop into the behemoth that is Facebook. Would social media h...
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Moving Back Home After An Overseas Mining Job

We took a look at some of the challenges encountered by mining personnel who choose an international FIFO job in a recent article. We mentioned then that some families do choose to relocate overseas rather than go down the FIFO path. With all the difficulties, and the significant rewards that come with that decision. However, what many people may n...
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International FIFO Mining Work – The Pros And Cons

We've looked at the life of FIFO workers who work within their own country or in developed countries but there are also many FIFO workers who work overseas in under developed or developing countries. These jobs have some pretty unique challenges that those who haven't actually lived the life may not realise. Or may find difficult to comprehend. The...
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Reducing Hazards In Mining

Mining is one of the riskier work place environments. The industry has cleaned up their act a lot over the past few decades but mining employees are still exposed to a number of health risks on an almost daily basis. We take a brief look at some of these and what is being done to help alleviate them. But first a piece of advice. Understand your env...
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