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Rockfall Protection - Navachab Mine 2002

General overview of the rock face within the mine

Rockfall Protection - Navachab Mine 2002

The muck pile after the failure.; material from the oxidized soft lower schist

Rockfall Protection - Navachab Mine 2002

Boulders retained by the net

Rockfall Protection - Navachab Mine 2002

Material held back by the rockfall barrier

 

System length

150 m

 

Year of installation

2002

Initial situation

In 2003 a 100 m³ fall of ground (FOG) occurred at Navachab Gold Mine, originated in the oxidized schist from an older failure scar. The FOG material was held back on the 1050 m catch bench. The elastic catch fence that was installed on the catch bench prevented overspill of the material into the pit. The risk to life though was very low as the pit bottom was closed to mining operations at the time.

Description

The failure, though small, was monitored by the early warning system. It was fortuitous that the failure occurred near one of the early warning systems extensometers and progression of the failure was recorded using this extensometer. The last geotechnical report to management stated that collapse of this material was imminent. The FOG activated the early warning system, and the pit was successfully evacuated, and all personnel congratulated on their prompt reaction to the early warning system. No injuries or equipment damage occurred during this FOG.

Customer

Anglo Gold

Engineering

SRK Consulting Engineers

Contractor

Nautical Steel/Navachab Mine

Protected object

Mine / Quarry, Other

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