Vol. 4, Issue 3 (2018)
Effects of Job satisfaction as an operational risk on mining productivity: A case of Konkola Copper Mine, Zambia
Author(s): Victor Muchemwa, Dr. Asif Mahbub Karim, Dr. William Phiri
Abstract: The study was undertaken to establish safety and health hazards as operational risks affecting the mining productivity in Zambia. A case study of Konkola Copper Mine (KCM) was employed as a research design that adopted both quantitative and qualitative methods. The study targeted Konkola Copper Mine safety department employees as they provided responses that had high reliability and validity levels. The quantitative and qualitative data were analyzed using SPSS version 20.0 and thematic analysis respectively. The main findings of the study indicated a negative effect (coefficient = -0.399) of Wellness Programmes on mining productivity. Thus the research unearthed that an increase in any unit of Wellness Programmes would result in the reduction of mining productivity by 39.9%. The results further showed that the mitigation procedures at the mine were clear and elaborate though complex in nature. Further outcome of the study showed that health programmes remained a vital variable to mining productivity (P-value = 0.001 which is less than 0.05) justifying the significance of health programmes to productivity of KCM. Despite the safety and health rules not being significant at 0.05 or 0.1 the coefficient value of 0.155 however indicated that a unit increase in safety and health rules would increase productivity by 15.5% assuming other variables are constant. Other key variables such as the Accident Prevention Measurements (APM), Occupation Hazards Prevention (OHP), Safety Training and education (STE) and Organizational Safety Support (OSS) whose significance towards mining productivity were tested are best explained by the R Squared = 0.926 and the Adjusted R Squared = 0.893 in the multiple regression model respectively. Therefore and based on the findings, the study recommended to the mining firm (KCM) to enhance their employees` skills of managing safety and health issues as the later and former are potential risks to mining productivity.