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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
How 'resetting' worker mindsets clinched safety prize

A Western Australian site has taken safety to a new level through an innovative, inexpensive program that earned it one of the IQA’s highest honours. Keith Noyahr spoke to Boral’s Andrew Hales about Orange Grove Quarry’s RESET program. 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 »
The first Responsible Mining Index report identifies areas in which large mining companies can improve. Image courtesy: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/astrid/37929475034/" target="_blank">Astrid Westvang</a>

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Responsible Mining Index goes online

A report that details how some of the world’s largest companies meet environmental, social and economic expectations has been released. Read more »
Stephen Raines (left) receives the IQA’s Excellence in Innovative Practice Award from Dale Cameron.

News
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 »
A Tas Fire snorkel truck (left) is used to rescue an ‘injured party’ from an elevated walkway at Boral’s Remount Road Quarry.

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

News
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.

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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 »


 

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