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Australian MiningPuts Safety First

Mine SafetyMine safety is always a primary concern in any part of the world where this dangerous profession is undertaken. Because of the physical and geographical demands of the job, safety measures need to be taken in order to prevent disaster. In Australia, where mining is a primary industry, those safety needs have always been taken into consideration.

While any mining can be dangerous, for obvious reasons it is underground mining that carries the most risk.

With workers plying their trade deep below the Earth`s surface in narrow, poorly lit and ventilated shafts, the possibility for injury and even death is extreme. For this reason, most countries in the world maintain strict health and safety guidelines for their mine workers.

Safety equipment such as steel-toed boots, gloves and hard hats are mandatory in most mines. While organised mining operations, particularly the larger ones like Olympic Dam in South Australia, generally provide some amount of lighting in their shafts, it also standard mine safety procedure for miners to carry a flashlight or head lamp at all times.

Most large mines also provide ventilation shafts at regular intervals to allow fresh air to reach the miners and miners are usually urged to remain as close to one of these shafts as possible while they work. This is particularly true for coal miners, who can be especially susceptible to breathing in coal dust and to tapping into pockets of methane while working the mine.

The biggest threats to mine safety are explosion and cave-ins. As workers continue to strip away layers of rock to reach the ore they are after, mine walls can become unstable and occasionally they will collapse entirely. Also, when methane or other natural gas deposits are revealed they can spark an explosion, which may also cause a cave-in.

The equipment used in mining can contribute to safety issues, if breakdowns or accidents occur. Australia has been particularly vigilant on this count and remains a leader in the mining industry when it comes to the implementation of technology in the mining process. Some of Australia`s technological advances have been so significant that they have been adopted worldwide.

Unfortunately, no matter how careful any mining operation may be, there is always the potential for slip-ups where mine safety is concerned. Almost every country that engages in mining has had its share of mining disasters and Australia is no exception. As mining operations continue to improve, those instances have become more rare. The last such instance in Australia happened in 2006 at a gold mine at Beaconsfield in Tasmania, when a collapse killed one miner and injured two others.

Nobody takes the risks that miners undergo lightly, least of all the mining industry in Australia. Any injury or death is one too many and so every possible step is taken to make sure that any risk is reduced or eliminated. Safety comes first in Australia`s mines, and its historical record certainly bears that out.

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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.

Caterpillar Haul truck 793

Caterpillar Haul truck 793

The 793F has a load cpacityof 226.8 ton (US) and a top speed of 60 kilometres an hour. It's a turbocharged air-to-air aftercooled diesel engine that has enhanced power management capability for maximum hauling performance. The C175-16 is a 16-cylinder, four-stroke design that uses long, effective power strokes for optimum efficiency.

The 793F, is an autonomous-driven truck. Over 100 793F trucks are now operating via Command for hauling, the Cat autonomous truck operations system, which is a part of Cat MineStar™

Read more about the CAT 793 automomous mining dump truck on our website.

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.

Find out more about RII Competencies here

You can transfer your nationally recognised civil Excavator, Front End Loader or Dozer tickets only to RII Black Coal Competencies.

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