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Sixty per cent of NZ quarry supervisors have not updated their certificates of competence.

Supervisors fail verbal safety exam

According to industry groups, 60 per cent of New Zealand quarry supervisors are failing an exam that certifies them to safely run a site. Read more »
Studying provides an opportunity for quarry professionals to network with other operators and learn from visits to worksites.

“Never say never”: education is a “must” for industry professionals

Katrina Myers reflects on why education, training and professional development is important for all quarry professionals – even for the grizzled veteran who probably thinks he/she has seen it all! Subscription required. Read more »
Dannielle Weston enjoys the challenges of bringing earthmoving vehicles back to speed.

From bank teller to diesel fitter

Rockhampton’s Dannielle Weston has become the face of large machinery apprentices, after swapping life as a Commonwealth Bank teller to become a diesel fitter. Subscription required. Read more »
The David Barro heavy construction materials fellowship enables individuals to enhance their skills through an international research program.

‘Heavy construction’ fellowship to encourage innovation

Two leading construction companies have joined forces and launched the David Barro heavy construction materials fellowship. Read more »
IQA members will visit the historic Welsh Slate Quarry (pictured a century ago) in Penrhyn, Wales, this month.

IQA study tour marks 100th anniversary

To mark the centenary anniversary of the Institute of Quarrying, an IQA delegation has embarked on a 12-day study tour of the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. Read more »
Some of the event speakers (l-r): Amanda Croker, Linda MacDonald, Wayne Scott, Leanne Parker, Megan Davis, Michelle Connelly and Paul Sutton.

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 »
The letterbox-like ERSS (centre) provides a significantly safer, more portable alternative in combating small fires on mobile crushing and screening plants.

Case Studies
“Smallest of quarries” devises innovative, award-winning solution

A small quarry operation run by a medium-sized Australian aggregate company has received one of the IQA’s highest honours after it devised an innovative solution to a critical safety dilemma. IQA member Daniel Reed discusses the evolution of the Emergency Response and Safety Station. Read more »
Darren Zanow (left) receives his certificate for the Alex Northover Award from AIQEF chairman David Cilento.

Award recipient praised for outstanding leadership

A south-east Queensland family business operator greatly impressed his program facilitators before being nominated for the 2016 Alex Northover Award. Darren Zanow speaks about the benefits of undertaking further education and winning one of the IQA’s highest honours. Subscription required. Read more »
The IQA tour gathered delegates from all over Australia to visit numerous supplier factories, including CDE headquarters.

Centenary study tour provides new insights

Following a tour of the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland to mark the centenary anniversary of the Institute of Quarrying, IQA delegates have hailed the tour a “great success”. Read more »
The children were able to view a concrete agitator truck in full swing.

Promoting the quarrying industry in our schools

One of the challenges for extractive operations is to inform local communities about the value and benefits of quarrying. Part of this challenge is to communicate the message early – and what better place to start than in the classroom? Paul Sutton reports. Subscription required. Read more »
(L-R) John Stark (Wagners), Paul Sutton (IQA), André Henare and Gearoid Connolly (Wagners, André’s mentor) on-site at the Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport quarry.

André Henare and Wagners: Linking university with industry

André Henare is a 20-year-old university student studying engineering at The University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba. By day, he is a barista at one of the best cafés in town. By night, he is a student struggling to decide the best course of action to ensure a happy and successful future. Subscription required. Read more »
Drill and blast specialists are currently one of Australia’s most sought after skills.

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 »

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