Gilbarco AFS’ footprint in the mining industry’s fuel management and automation arena has been an exciting journey spanning 20 years. Having entered the industry as Automated Fuel Systems in 1995, the company crafted innovative solutions and reporting tools enabling up to 26% fuel savings for major mining customers throughout South Africa. As a distributor of Gilbarco Veeder-Root products during this time, AFS’ progressive approach caught the eye of international stakeholders and subsequently led to the acquisition of AFS by Gilbarco Veeder-Root in 2003.
In 1998 Gilbarco AFS acquired their first mining customer – South 32 – with only a handful of employees managing every aspect of the assignment. With vigour and hard work, Gilbarco AFS’ Mining Solution offering has expanded enormously – servicing more than 56 local and international mines with the help and support its 350 reliable and dependable employees. Tremendous growth and unparalleled customer service has cemented Gilbarco AFS as a force to be reckoned with in the mining fuel management and automation arena. With great power however, comes great responsibility, and the importance of Occupational Health and Safety, especially in the mining sector, cannot be underestimated.
The mining sector in South Africa has traditionally occupied a principal role in the generation of output in the economy. Although mining provides many economic and other benefits, a wide array of workplace hazards present multiple risks to the health and safety of thousands of South Africans at work every day.
Gilbarco AFS deploys stringent OSHAS aligned HSSE practices and measures, among many other metrics, Lost Time Injury (LTI), which is classified by Safeopedia as “an injury sustained by an employee that leads to a loss of productive work time. An injury is considered an LTI only when the injured worker is unable to perform regular job duties, takes time off for recovery, or is assigned modified work duties while recovering.
Lost Time Injuries encompass both temporary injuries that keep the employee away from work for a day to permanent disabilities and conditions that prevent them from ever returning to the job or performing the same work tasks.
Lost time injuries can act as a basic representation of a company's safety performance, as well as the effects of those injuries on the workforce's productivity. They form the basis of various safety and performance metrics, such as Lost Time Injury Frequency Rates (LTIFR) and Lost Time Injury Incidence Rate (LTIIR). Lost time injuries are lagging indicators of safety, meaning they provide insight into a company's past safety performance.”
Gilbarco AFS in South Africa is regarded as a pioneer in the field of managing fuel usage in the mining environment. Since our first implementation in 1995, we have gained significant experience in tailoring our delivery to meet customer needs and safety requirements to offer world leading fuel management solutions. South Africa Commercial and Industrial Mining worked 756 000 hours within 800 day’s, without any injuries. Working as one team, we all went home, back to our families, with no injury.
As an organisation dedicated to the health and safety of all their employees and the continuous improvement of its’ products, solutions and services, Gilbarco AFS strives toward continued achievements such as this and is eagerly working towards 1000 LTI-Free Days in 2019.
To celebrate, each employee received a note book, pen, baseball cap and cooler bag with a few goodies inside, as a token of our appreciation. Each employee also received a key ring with a flash light, card with the Gilbarco Golden Rules and a Thank You Card which was personally signed by the Divisional Operations Manager: Theo Hatting.
Reflecting back on earlier years and the improvement this represents, Managing Director Tony Warrener states: “It is quite simply a remarkable achievement.”
Congratulations Gilbarco AFS, on this significant achievement.