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Quarry operators are currently one of the most sought after skills, particularly in Victoria. Image courtesy: <a href="https://www.hays.com.au/mining/index.htm" target="_blank">Hays</a>

News
Operators in hot demand, new report states

A shortage of machinery operators in Victoria is just one employment trend in the resources industry that is set to dominate the first half of 2018, a report by recruiting firm Hays suggests. 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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »

Editor's Desk
Stamping out negative attitudes, practices in the 'fair go' era

The IQA conference in Toowoomba in October highlighted the great strides that the IQA and the extractive industry is taking to encourage more women and young people into the sector. However, as Damian Christie remarks, there are still concerning signs that the safety of all workers risks being compromised so long as old, ingrained attitudes and lack of workplace flexibility linger. Read more »
The foam suppression system reduced dust emissions from the fixed plant through the secondaries to the stackers.

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Foam suppression system works its charms on mobile and fixed plant

Controlling dust emissions is a major issue for most sites. For Hutchison Quarries, it was critical for its mobile crushing plant in Glenn Innes, New South Wales and its fixed plant in Warwick, Queensland. The mobile and fixed crushing circuits had become dust hazards. 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. Subscription required. Read more »
The art deco Empire Theatre, in Toowoomba, was a “welcome change from the usual cold and uninviting convention centres”.

News
Toowoomba meeting showcases growth, new talent

IQA has hailed its 60th annual conference in Toowoomba as a great success that showcased the region’s infrastructure growth and utilised local support and talent. Damian Christie highlights the key moments. Subscription required. Read more »
'Green' Bremenger Quarry in Norway (pictured) will be one of the overseas destinations for Barro Fellowship recipient Dylan Treadwell.

News
First recipient of Barro Fellowship announced

Dylan Treadwell, a quarry supervisor who has been in the industry for three years, has become the first recipient of the inaugural David Barro Heavy Construction Materials Fellowship. Read more »
Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, pictured with Deborah Woodrup (Caterpillar) and Michael Benic (Hanson), happily posed for pictures.

News
Toowoomba meeting showcases growth, new talent

The IQA has hailed its 60th annual conference in Toowoomba as a great success that showcased the region’s infrastructure growth and utilised local support and talent. 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 »


 


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