Sishen Iron Ore Mine is part of the Kumba Iron Ore group inside the Anglo American Mine house. It is an open cast iron ore mine.
Although Sishen Iron Ore mine is a beacon of excellence in maintaining the highest standards of organizational health and safety measures in the mine, management decided they wanted to do more to help employees combat fatigue.
Neuro-Link was invited to consult with the mine manager on steps and actions that can be taken to prevent or minimize accidents and incidents caused by human error, reduce fatigue and reduce absenteeism from work. A survey done by industrial psychologists confirmed that first-line truck drivers and crane operators experienced an increase in:
- absenteeism from work
- a negative mindset.
Mine management decided to initiate a Fatigue Management Project to help the first line truck drivers and crane operators to reduce fatigue as a point of departure to prevent or minimize the occurrence of incidents and accidents. They agreed on the following initiatives suggested by Neuro-Link:
- Brain Ergonomics assessment – assess how brain friendly the work environment and cabins are in which drivers work;
- LRP™ Risk brain profile assessments – assess how fatigue and stress impact workers’ neurodesign and determine neurological hindrances and their risk for error;
- Leadership development – supervisors and managers had to learn how stress and fatigue impact the brain’s alertness in order to make decisions and create circumstances that reduces fatigue and complement alertness. They also had to learn to understand workers’ brain profiles to support them in reducing the impact of neurological hindrances and reduce risk for error;
- Profile debriefing – all drivers and machine operators were debriefed on what their brain profile looks like, how they process information, whether they experience neurological hindrances during stress and fatique and what they should do to neutralize the neurological hindrance and optimize their brain performance;
- Fatigue management training – all managers, supervisors, drivers and crane operators where trained to understand how fatigue and stress impact their brain and what to do to reduce stress and optimize their brain performance and health;
- Brain fitness sequences – all managers, supervisors, drivers and crane operators were trained to execute combinations and sequences of brain fitness exercises every 90 minutes while on shift to combat fatigue and reduce stress.The exercises became mandatory to any first-line worker and became part of performance management.