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Greg Baumgart (left, Boral Australia) is the winner of the CCAA Health & Safety Innovation Award, presented by Chris Whiting MP (centre) with Peter Ambrose (Holcim Australia).

News
Holcim, Boral Shine at Gala Awards Ceremony

Holcim Australia has bagged two of the three 2018 Queensland CCAA Innovation Awards to celebrate outstanding achievements across the construction materials industry. Read more »

Case Studies
The Digital Quarry: An integrated technical approach

Is a 20 per cent overall productivity improvement possible in a quarry, and if so how could it be brought about? Steve Franklin outlines how a Queensland quarry operation successfully implemented a series of technological advances that dramatically raised its productivity. Read more »
The decision to replace production equipment before it is exhausted is both economic and performance-driven.

Conveying
Making the right equipment replacement decisions

Is it time to replace your plant and equipment? Paul D Tomlingson discusses how the economics of replacement must be balanced against the potential performance benefits of new equipment. Read more »

Case Studies
Heavy equipment hire helps avoid capital risk, project delays

With demand for specialist machines outstripping supply globally, and with construction materials at a premium locally, quarries are feeling the “pinch” of the infrastructure boom. As Delta Rent’s Richard Khan explains, plant and equipment rental could be part of the solution to this “squeeze”. Read more »

Education
Connecting further learning with industry members, personnel

Clayton Hill explains why in tight economic times, education and training of your personnel should not be sacrificed in the pursuit of savings. Read more »
At Albion Park, Darren Essex manages 30 employee operators and 15 contractors.

Education
Darren Essex: A stalwart of workplace safety

In 2017 Darren Essex was announced as the winner of the inaugural Quarry Manager of the Year Award (>10 FTE). Essex – who was nominated by his peers in the industry – tells Talia Paz why receiving the award was a team effort. Read more »
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 »
OHS workers are very interested in the functionality of the Bat Booth and how it can be applied to other dusty sites.

Management
Keeping workers, environment safe from dust resuspension

To combat dust resuspension and contamination, extractive producers are resorting to more innovative ways of protecting their workers’ health. Quarries around Australia are trying out a new device that cleans workers at the end of their shifts and mitigates dust inhalation. 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 »
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. Read more »
The Newnes Junction Project will utilise rail transport for cartage of end product off-site.

News
Iconic sandstone quarries on the market

From this month, a sandstone quarry in Queensland is set to go under the hammer while expressions of interest are sought for investment in one of New South Wales’ largest sand mining projects. Read more »


 

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