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Stephen Raines (left) receives the IQA’s Excellence in Innovative Practice Award from Dale Cameron.

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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 »
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 »
The seminar is in its third year and will cover key health and safety issues.

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Quarry seminar to address key health, safety issues

An upcoming seminar is taking a proactive approach to tackling some of the quarry industry’s major health and safety issues. Read more »
KTEC has delivered over 85 training programs to more than 300 service technicians since May 2013.

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Training site prepares next generation of machine operators

A major earthmoving machinery manufacturer has improved service technician competency within the industry while increasing customer satisfaction with the establishment of its advanced technical training facility. Read more »
In quarrying, unplanned injury strategies can cost organisations up to $1 million in accident compensation and prosecution costs.

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Online course to teach safety

An Australian risk management training provider has suggested that work-related injuries and illnesses can potentially cost the economy more than $60 billion dollars a year. Read more »
V8 Supercar racer Jamie Whincup and Queensland Assistant Minister for TAFE Saxon Rice with TAFE students at Komatsu’s Sherwood Training and Education Centre.

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Komatsu donates flood damaged machinery

More than half a million dollars of earthmoving machinery has been donated to five registered training organisations (RTOs) around Australia to help train mechanical apprentices. Read more »
Dust monitors are increasingly being used to ensure that quarries comply with dust control measures.

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Sustaining environmental management through training

In line with requests from its members, the IQA later this month conducts two PDP workshops on environmental management. Facilitator Clayton Hill explains why environmental considerations are becoming ingrained in a quarry’s daily operations and why they cannot be ignored. Read more »
ACE Queensland is now less than a fortnight away.

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ACE attracts government approval

Deputy Premier of Queensland Jeff Seeney will officially open the three-day Australian Construction and Equipment Expo Queensland (ACE QLD) on 4 October 2012. Read more »
Extracting lime using solar power has been demonstrated in a proof-of-concept device.

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Extracting lime with solar power

A new low emission and cheaper method for extracting lime from limestone may be the answer if solar power can be made day and night.
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We should not assume that all women do not take risks in the workplace and can sort out issues related to gendered behaviours.

Education
Gendered behaviours and safety – the story so far

Dr Dean Laplonge has previously reported on the potential impact of hyper-masculinity on safety conduct on mine sites. What has happened since then? How far has this debate moved along? Dean updates his thoughts on gendered behaviours and safety in the mining industry. Read more »
Any plant and equipment can become a tax benefit for a quarry owner.

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Less taxing for quarry owners

Quarry owners and operators can unlock cash flow through depreciation. 

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In case you can't get enough of a real quarry, here's a simulator game.

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Virtual quarrying becomes child’s play

If you can’t get enough of working in a real quarry, then when you head home, you can now get on your Windows computer and play Stone Quarry Simulator. Read more »


 

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