Columbian Academy for Occupational Safety in the Mining Industry

The Colombian mining industry has grown at a fast pace during the past decade. In our times, Colombia is an important player in the world mining industry as a producer of high quality minerals.

Working conditions in the mining industry are hard. In order to protect the miners and avoid accidents, the government has enacted an extensive set of regulations which also include guidelines for dealing with vehicles for the transport of raw materials as well as the operators of cranes of all kinds as well as other lifting devices. The operators of mines are legally obliged to provide their employees, who are involved in the relevant tasks, with the appropriate training and to verify such training.

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TÜV Rheinland offers essential expertise for training and education. Our experts in Columbia train mine workers in the safe driving with off-road trucks with all-wheel drive and educate crane operators. Training content includes the following:

  • Defensive driving in high mountains (16 course units)
    • Defensive driving in industrial and mining environments
    • Movement of the vehicle on difficult terrain or high risk areas

Objectives: Participants learn about their own abilities and how to assess the vehicle safely as well as how to identify risks and avoid them.

  • Safety course for operators and lifting operations with bridge cranesand gantry cranes, rigging applications and critical evaluation oflifting.

Objectives: To provide theoretical and practical knowledge for the safe and efficient overhead cranes, gantry cranes and its relationship to good use rigging (slings, slings, shackles, eyebolts, turnbuckles, lifting equipment and other) operatinguserequired.

The certification of lifting equipment and qualification of their operators by an independent third party ensures that both equipment and operators dedicated evaluated by qualified personnel for this task. At present, companies around the world, aware of this need and are looking for a CA Ernst and support for this type of work required.

Christina Strotmann