March 7, 2009 | Barb Carr

TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis 3,100 feet Underground!

You have the opportunity to prevent an incident or production defect before it is too late. So what is the first step you take…. Go Out and Look (GOAL). First problem you realize is that you are missing a few experts to ask questions (Human Engineering, Quality Control, Procedure, Management System, Work Direction, Training, Communication). Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan recognized this and has been a leader in integrating TapRooT® Incident Investigation and Root Cause Analysis into its everyday operations.

Now with experience you realize that lack of communication between different organizations is a Root Cause for many incidents. London-headquartered AMEC has been awarded a four-year contract with PotashCorp to provide engineering and project management services during the $1.8bn expansion of the Rocanville Potash mine in Saskatchewan, Canada. The expanded mine will be capable of producing an additional two million tonnes of potash per year.

So this week I had the opportunity to teach employees from both companies in one location for a combined 2-Day TapRooT® Incident Investigation and Root Cause Analysis and 5-Day TapRooT® Advanced Root Cause Analysis Team Leader Training course.

The Rocanville potash mine is 16km north east of Rocanville and approximately 200km east of Regina, south-east Saskatchewan, Canada. So how do you Go Out and Look (GOAL)… actually it is GOAL and Go Down and Look (GDAL). After discussing current investigations in the final exercises of our TapRooT® course, Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan gave me a tour of where Potash is mined. I thought you would like the opportunity to see what many have not.

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Dave, a Production Supervisor, on the left and me on your right standing in front of the elevator door at 3,100 plus feet undergound…. too late to turn around now!

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In our truck with the lights off …. to the left lights on, watch your head!

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A typical load vehicle and conveyor belt system.

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Freshly cut Potash…. so what made this awesome cut…. look below.

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The Miner with carbide cutting tips!

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