Miners throughout New South Wales have been recognised for their innovation and commitment to safety by the state`s leading resource body.
NSW Minerals Council chief executive Nikki Williams said the surge of innovation in safety throughout the state`s mining industry is working closer towards the goal of zero harm.
“The end result is tools, applications and techniques that have the potential to be shared across the industry and the community.
“Our awards aim to encourage miners to identify areas where health and safety can be improved and then develop and road test unique solutions that can be adopted at other operations.
Newcrest Mining received the People`s Choice award for its new mechanical hammer guide that eliminates the risk of injury to workers by replacing a manual task with a mechanical solution.
BHP Billiton took out the Highly Commended in the Health category for its commitment to lowering occupational health exposure risk with a new testing regime for standard personal protective equipment to ensure it fits individual users.
“Zero harm” target is achievable
The annual awards are part of the biggest Occupational Health and Safety conference in the state, run by the Minerals Council.
Centennial Coal was nominated for two categories in this year`s awards, and took out the Highly Commended honors for new developments at its Angus Place Colliery with a new drill design that removes workers from a high-risk working zone in longwall mining.
Centennial`s chief operating officer Steve Bracken said at the conference in the Hunter Valley the company is always working towards better safety and even has its own internal innovation conference.
He said the goal of zero harm throughout the industry is achievable if it is continually worked on.
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Learn more about the Bowen Basin mining location.
The Bowen Basin contains the largest coal reserves in Australia. This major coal producing region contains one of the world’s largest deposits of bituminous coal.
The Basin contains much of the known Permian coal resources in Queensland including virtually all of the known mineable prime coking coal. It was named for the Bowen River, itself named after Queensland’s first Governor, Sir George Bowen.
The Bowen Basin covers an area of over 60,000 square kilometres in Central Queensland running from Collinsville to Theodore and is dotted with many coal mines operated by multiple mining companies.
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Resources and Infrastructure Industry (RII)
Commonly refered to as Black Coal Competency (BCC), the RII competency is one that can be attained by an operator who has previously worked in the industry and has completed a number of operating hours on various types of machinery.
RII competency is granted to prove correct and safe operation of mine site machinery. It is a very useful qualification to have, as it confirms the operator has the required experience and expertise.
You can transfer your nationally recognised civil Excavator, Front End Loader or Dozer tickets only to RII Black Coal Competencies.