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An autonomous drone was just one of the technologies on display at the recent Hitachi Social Innovation forum.

News
Autonomous systems to ‘lift quarrying out of the dark ages’

Global supplier Hitachi has recently held an innovation forum that discussed topics such as the probability that autonomous machines will almost entirely operate the mining and quarrying industry within 15 years. Read more »
A Tas Fire snorkel truck (left) is used to rescue an ‘injured party’ from an elevated walkway at Boral’s Remount Road Quarry.

News
Industry seminar highlights safety strategies

A recent construction materials industry seminar has discussed best practice safety management approaches, followed by a demonstration of effective critical incident responses at an extractive plant. Read more »

Editor's Desk
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 »

Education
Why humans are the strongest link in the safety chain

The typical focus in safety is that the human is our weakest link. But humans are the strongest – naturally equipped to deal with risks dynamically, and with incredible risk skills. Lincoln Eldridge, who will present on safety behaviours, argues we just need to unleash that capability. Read more »
Managers and workers within sites must be provided with the appropriate training, company support and remuneration commensurate to the obligations expected of them.

Safety
The challenges of managing a site under current legislation

The role of the modern quarry manager is growing ever more complex at a time when regulations and safety considerations are seemingly relentless. Ron Kerr asks industry stakeholders to rethink whether they are satisfying the legislative requirements of managing an extractive site. Read more »
The Stockpile Reports Lite iPhone app enables professionals to measure stockpiles by simply pointing an iPhone at the material and walking around it.

Maintenance
Measuring Stockpiles By Smart Phone

Measuring stockpiles traditionally takes time, money and effort. Accurate measurement reports are crucial to finance and accounting.
Subscription required. Read more »
The HP3’s touch screen has simplified the adjustment of crusher parameters.

Case Studies
High tech investment boosts plant safety, efficiency

An Australian aggregates producer has worked closely with a global crushing supplier to revamp its ageing primary and tertiary plants. As David Leroy explains, both Metso and Boral encountered challenges in the installation of new for old. Subscription required. Read more »
LSM Technologies’ Q-Cabair air system quickly filtrates and recirculates internal air to maximise health and compliance.

Environmental Products
Superior, dust-free air supply

The Q-Cabair system, from LSM Technologies, protects quarry operators and equipment while enhancing overall performance. Read more »
Scott Tipping will spend 12 days travelling 2000km by jet ski in a bid to raise up to $20,000 for the funding of mental health awareness initiatives.

News
IQA member takes to water for mental health

In a bid to raise more awareness in the industry about mental health and suicide prevention, an IQA member will be riding 2000km from Melbourne to Brisbane – by jet ski. Read more »
Wayne Scott (left) received the 2016 Sandvik Best Technical Paper Award from Sandvik Australia’s Ben Wilcox.

Safety
Safety: Valuing people, not outcomes

Despite the leaps and bounds made in technology, quarry professionals are still struggling to make progress in reducing workplace injuries. Wayne Scott explained to Talia Paz why people – not processes – are the only way forward. Subscription required. Read more »
Enmin’s truck vibrators improve safety and dramatically reduce the risk of truck tipping.

Load & Haul
Vibration technology for truck-tipping prevention

An Enmin truck vibrator is a simple, user-friendly and cost-effective solution to improving truck and driver safety. Read more »


 


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