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Stamping out negative attitudes, practices in the 'fair go' era

The IQA conference in Toowoomba in October highlighted the great strides that the IQA and the extractive industry is taking to encourage more women and young people into the sector. However, as Damian Christie remarks, there are still concerning signs that the safety of all workers risks being compromised so long as old, ingrained attitudes and lack of workplace flexibility linger. Read more »
Jenny Krasny (pictured in a session with Hastings Deering personnel) says her role is to foster a teaching environment for customers where opinions are valued and where every person feels their efforts are recognised and make a difference.

Education
The impact of cultural stigmas on safety

Jenny Krasny will be highlighting the cultural stigmas that exist in the workplace, how they affect organisations striving for zero incidents, and strategies for an effective culture of risk minimisation. Ahead of her presentation, Jenny kindly shares some of her insights. Read more »
Drill and blast specialists are currently one of Australia’s most sought after skills.

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Report highlights Australia’s skills trends

Geologists, drill and blast specialists and metallurgists are three of the skills in hot demand this quarter, according to a new report by recruiting firm Hays. Read more »
Some of the event speakers (l-r): Amanda Croker, Linda MacDonald, Wayne Scott, Leanne Parker, Megan Davis, Michelle Connelly and Paul Sutton.

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Women in quarrying conference provides new insights

More than 85 women and men attended Brisbane’s Women in Quarrying (WIQ) conference, to promote and acknowledge women’s contributions to the aggregates industry. Read more »
A range of free tools and resources are available for employers at the Fair Work website: <a href="www.fairwork.gov.au" target="_blank">fairwork.gov.au</a>

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Mining services company forced to repay more than $2 million

A Victorian-based mining services company has been required to repay more than $2 million to workers it involuntarily short-changed over four years. Subscription required. Read more »
The MAQOHSC-funded training in work health and safety will be available online.

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Health, safety training offered to quarries

Free health and safety training, including some face to face training, is being offered to quarry workers over the course of one year. Read more »
It is important that you position your company as a “secured creditor” on any supply of payment terms to your end user client. This ensures property is not subject to “preferential payment clawback”.

HR
Preparing for the next upswing

While quarry operators and contractors will always welcome additional work and the ensuing turnover and profits that come with it, Mark O'Donoghue warns that businesses that take on such assignments must be adequately prepared to manage a complex mix of paperwork, extra borrowings, finance, debtor discounting and cash flows. Subscription required. Read more »
The NSW government's <em>Fatigue management evaluation manual</em>.

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Coping with mental health issues in quarries

In 2015, suicides within the quarrying and mining industries convinced many industry people that more had to be done to address the specific mental health issues of workers. Kylie Newton discusses what quarry operators can do to support and assist workers in doubt. Subscription required. Read more »
The guide provides advice on how to effectively implement flexible work arrangements in the workplace.

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New guide to help attract, retain female employees

A new resource has been released to help employers in male-dominated resource industries such as quarrying increase gender diversity within their workforces. Read more »
Resources and mining ranked second in having gender diversity policies in place but was rated poorly for implementing them.

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Extractive industries urged to do more on gender gap

A study has ranked the mining and resources industry as one of the top three sectors to advocate gender diversity but notes there is still room for improvement. Read more »
Vest has shown that older quarry workers have much to offer. Source: The Roanoke Times.

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Quarry worker calls it a day – in his 90s

A retiring quarry worker has proven that work ethic matters more than age after continuing to contribute to the industry well into his twilight years. Read more »
PriceWaterhouseCoopers and beyondblue have examined how employee mental health conditions impact on productivity and participation across a range of industries.

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Businesses to gain from workplace mental health

A new report on workplace mental health suggests that quarry operators looking to reduce costs would benefit from paying more attention to the wellbeing of their employees.  Read more »


 


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