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More than 50 NSW members assemble at the entrance to WesTrac’s Tomago facility.

Mines inspector calls for quarries to get ‘houses’ in order

The New South Wales Chief Inspector of Mines has called for quarries to “ensure you have your house in order” at a recent IQA branch seminar. Read more »
The Newnes Junction Project will utilise rail transport for cartage of end product off-site.

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 »
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 »
Australian Standard AS 5062-2016 applies to the excavators, bulldozers, loaders and trucks used on quarry sites.

Personnel urged to familiarise with changes to fire safety standards

Australian Standard AS 5062-2016 Fire protection for mobile and transportable equipment has recently been revised to promote improved fire safety. Read more »
Site managers in NZ without current Certificates of Competency could be jobless by 31 December.

Quarry jobs at risk over OHS requirements

Time is running out for a nation’s quarrying, mining and contracting site managers to meet new health and safety requirements, according to industry groups. Read more »
Queensland recorded six mining fatalities within an 11-month period, according to the report.

Report shows mining fatalities, disabling injuries on the rise

A state’s annual mining health and safety performance report has indicated that lost time injuries are down, disabling injuries are up, and an increase in fatalities is “very concerning”. Read more »
A photo taken from the Westpac rescue helicopter of the Heathstock Haulage quarry accident site. Source:

Quarry death intensifies calls for stronger regulation

The death of a quarry worker in New Zealand – the third within three months – has highlighted the importance of proper training as calls for stricter safety regulations intensify. Read more »
The Federal Government did not include many new infrastructure projects in the 2015–16 Federal Budget but recommitted to previously announced initiatives.

Federal Budget a ‘mixed bag’ for quarry industry

Although the Federal Government recommitted to earlier positive infrastructure and training initiatives and announced some new ones that could indirectly benefit quarries, the latest budget appears to be largely underwhelming for the aggregate industry. Read more »
The 2015 Environmental Scan forecasts current and future skilling needs.

Report identifies need for industry upskilling

A number of challenges confronting the quarrying sector, as well as the current and future skilling needs for the Australian resources and infrastructure industries, have been identified in a new report from the industry’s national skills council. Read more »
Industry feedback has prompted new revisions to the RII training package.

Industry skills council completes training package review

The RII training package used in the quarrying industry has been updated to incorporate industry feedback after a review of its assessment requirements. Read more »
The report stated that there were 16 fatalities across the Australian mining industry in 2013–14.

Better training, support key to safety improvements

A state body has identified that better training and support are needed to improve Australia’s “distressing” mining fatality statistics of 2013–14. Read more »
Industry skills councils will no longer be the main developers of training packages following new VET reforms.

VET reforms signal end of industry skills councils

The Federal Government has announced a number of reforms to the Vocational Education and Training model, including the removal of industry skills councils as the principal developers of its training packages. Read more »


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