Developing our people through training and education promotes safety and improves value across our business. Newmont Suriname’s mine maintenance team at Merian recently partnered with Klinge, a global leader in tire management control systems, to train employees in effective tire management as tires are a significant cost driver in the mining business. Under the tutelage of Klinge’s Roy Galyer, Manager, Operations, North and South America, Merian’s six tire technicians successfully completed the Tire Industry Association (TIA) Basic Earthmover Tire Service (ETS) training and certification. Equipped with this education, our technicians are now better positioned to improve tire life, mitigate risk and ensure a high level of safety, while reducing vehicle down time.
“Working with technicians who embrace learning and safety is something I enjoy,” says Galyer. “When employees commit to professional development, they contribute to the long-term success of the entire operation.”
Tire handling is a complex task and is considered to be high-risk without proper training, as tire technicians play a crucial role in ensuring the safety and productivity of mobile equipment. The large mining tires used on our 785D Caterpillar Haul Trucks, for example, are a high-cost component. Managing and transporting these assets effectively is critical to achieving production targets and ensuring the safety of our equipment operators.
Merian is the first of our operations to have all its tire technicians certified to the global TIA/ETS standard. This training is another example of our ongoing commitment to foster a workplace of zero harm where our employees can improve their skills and grow their knowledge.