Becker Mining South Africa (Pty) Ltd. has completed delivery of the first consignment of winding rope attachments to a client in the western limb of the Bushveld Complex, in the northern part of South Africa – the world’s largest layered intrusion.

“The scope of this contract encompasses the design, manufacture and delivery of rope attachments to suit three different winders on the mine, as well a complete spare set,” says Tom Searle, senior general manager: mechanical, Becker Mining South Africa (Pty) Ltd. “Becker has also supplied rope handling equipment, including WRC clamps, used during installation and maintenance of ropes.

“All equipment is proof load tested to two and a half times the safe working loads it will be subjected to in service and complies fully with the relevant mine health and safety acts and regulations.” All hook sets were supplied complete with catch plates and jack catch boxes, which are mounted in the headgear as a critical safety feature to prevent injury to personnel and damage to the shaft infrastructure should an overwind occur.

Rocket safety detaching hooks are designed to detach the winding rope from the conveyance in the event of an overwind and arrest and suspend the conveyance in the headframe. This patented design caters for the prevention of partial detachments whilst in service.

Becker Mining’s robust and reliable equipment will provide many years of safe transportation of personnel and materials to and from underground operations in the Bushveld Complex.