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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 »
Young Members Network’ members take in MQG’s Nyora Quarry in South Gippsland, Victoria.

News
Pit to product tour provides valuable networking opportunities

A recent event hosted by the IQA offered young quarry professionals a full pit to product sand tour, from extraction at a quarry to its use at two well known facilities. 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 »
Aggregate operators that apply best practices and next generation technology now will experience the long-term benefits of production efficiency, machine productivity and personal safety.

Conveying
Industry 4.0: What it means to the aggregates industry

The Industrial Internet of Things is being hailed as the next ‘industrial revolution’. But what is it – and how can it help producers now and into the future? Sören Schramm discusses the exciting possibilities for aggregate operations. Read more »
The FT2618Vm stands out for its ability to remove higer volumes of fines.

Crushing
Supplier’s hire fleet completes first year of business

In 2015, Astec Australia announced it was entering the rental market. Read more »
KTEC has delivered over 85 training programs to more than 300 service technicians since May 2013.

News
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 »
The Don’t Make Yourself Bloody Useless program provides a single, powerful and consistent message designed to encourage quarry workers to speak up about hazardous manual tasks.

News
Participatory ergonomics program prompts safety rethink

The IQA’s Central West sub-branch has recently collaborated with NSW Mine Safety on a program designed to reduce the number of musculoskeletal injuries in NSW quarries. Kylie Newton discusses the progress of the program in the first half of this year. Read more »
In quarrying, unplanned injury strategies can cost organisations up to $1 million in accident compensation and prosecution costs.

News
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.

News
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.

News
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 »
Wormald’s vehicle fire suppression systems are designed to provide vital fire risk management for quarry mobile plant and equipment.

Environmental Products
Fire expert provides vital protection at Boral quarries

A supplier of fire safety equipment for mobile plant has demonstrated its wares in 57 Boral sites throughout Australia. Read more »
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 »


 

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