​The Value Of Start-Ups To The Mining Industry

The mining industry is a world leader when it comes to certain types of innovation, notably in the areas of automation and water use. However, much of this innovation wouldn't be possible without start-ups. When New Year's Eve 2017/18 rolled around, there were some 200 start-ups globally working on mining related projects. Many of them are located ...
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Managing And Protecting Your Money

It sounds simple but it's a principle that's very often forgotten when it comes to money. If you spend more than you earn, you'll end up in debt. Spending as much as you earn probably won't land you in debt until or unless you end up with an emergency you're not prepared financially to cope with. Spending less than you earn on the other hand has ma...
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Tips For Achieving A Bonus

You've worked hard over the past year. Your company pays bonuses and you're getting starry eyed at the thought what that extra money will mean to you! Perhaps you've earmarked it to pay off some pesky bills. Or you're going to treat yourself to something you've been eyeing off for months. However you plan to spend it, the fact is that you've got to...
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​Dealing With That Difficult Co-Worker, Or Manager.

 Diff icult people are all around us. It's also probably fair to say that at some point in our lives most of us have been difficult too. However, when 'being difficult' translates to disrupting our workplace, it's time for a reassessment. Furthermore, mine sites, particularly if you're a FIFO worker, are not good places to be if you have serio...
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​12 Handy Ways To Work Towards Getting That Promotion You Want

When it comes to getting a promotion, the mining industry isn't that much different to other industries. Managers, even mining management, are still looking for key attributes in those they consider 'worthy' of advancing up the ladder. So what are these qualities? Be a problem solver.   If you're the type of person who always wants to pit...
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​How to get a pay rise (& get it)

Pay is a major topic on most people's mind in any industry and even though mining is a well-paid industry, money is still at the forefront of mining professionals minds no matter what most people say. Speaking to candidates on a daily basis, the question of pay always comes up and I believe there is always money on the table for great talent. ...
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5 Ways to Improve Your Chances of Securing Your Next Role

​ With the job market in mining being very tight with not many opportunities about, here are 5 ways to improve your chances of securing your next role: Update your LinkedIn profile : Employers and recruiters will scout and search mainly LinkedIn as the preferred social media platform to find a candidate for their vacancy.  Therefore, it w...
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​Electric Cars And Their Inevitable Impact On Mining

They're seen as the clean, green alternative to the carbon monoxide emitting, fossil fuel guzzling cars of today. Certainly, governments around the world have taken this concept on board and are working towards ensuring electric cars become the norm rather than the exception. The UK and France plan to ban their sale from 2040. The Netherlands wants...
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​Surviving Merger Attrition

Mergers can be great for shareholders and share price, but can leave a legacy of having to rebuild technical talent on mines affected by downsizing, organisational and culture change. What is employee attrition? It refers to a reduction in the workforce that happens when employees leave and aren't replaced. Why they leave can be due to a number of ...
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​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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