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In a bid to combat the rising death toll in the mining sector as a direct cause of tyre and rim failures, the Institute of International Research (iir), held a day's conference at the Wanderer's Club yesterday.

Mining and tyre personnel alike converged on the day to highlight the need for dedicated efforts on the part of the mining and tyre sectors to address this all-important issue before any more lives are lost. This year alone has seen 78 fatalities in the mining industry (excluding the recent Marikana incident), 28 of which can be directly attributed to tyre and machinery problems.

Respected tyre and rubber experts from Michelin, Otraco, Rimex and Thandi Solutions presented papers (contact for these presentations) highlighting tyre construction, thermo-mechanical indicators, tyre servicing and pyrolosis while Hennie Klopper, Senior Mechanical Engineer at Anglo American stressed the importance of inflating with nitrogen in an effort to avoid tyre explosions resulting from tyre pyrolosis.
The event was sponsored by Otraco Southern Africa, with SA TREADS as the media partner.

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