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Lead role for past president in pushing safety compliance

Past IQA President Wayne Scott has embarked on arguably one of the toughest gigs in the New Zealand extractive industry – promoting industry safety compliance. Read more »
A bird’s eye view of Boral Dunmore Quarry.

Case Studies
The new technology suite that saves time in a booming market

For large quarrying operations, consistent quality blast outcomes save time and money. James Dampney outlines how blasting solutions provider Orica has helped Boral Dunmore achieve blasting improvements through integration of its Blast IQ suite of technologies. Read more »
Stephen Raines (left) receives the IQA’s Excellence in Innovative Practice Award from Dale Cameron.

Production rates on night shift driven by bright green thinking

Under the guidance of IQA member Stephen Raines, Hanson’s Kulnura Quarry has developed a solution to improving its loadout practices in dim light and at night. Raines discusses the impact a laser module has had on the quarry’s productivity and its implications for earthmoving equipment. Read more »

Drill & Blast
'Mohr' muscle, fragmentation, less emissions in Braeside trials

Blast trials at a southern Queensland quarry have delivered encouraging results for a potentially safer, environmentally friendlier explosive. Braeside Quarries owner Joanne Payne discusses the possible benefits of the award-winning crumbed rubber product for the extractive industry. Read more »
An autonomous drone was just one of the technologies on display at the recent Hitachi Social Innovation forum.

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.

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.

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 »

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.

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.

Measuring Stockpiles By Smart Phone

Measuring stockpiles traditionally takes time, money and effort. Accurate measurement reports are crucial to finance and accounting.
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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 »


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