NSW minerals industry praised for commitment to safety innovation

Mining companies from all over NSW were recognised for their innovation and commitment to safety in the industry.

Presenting the awards, Dr Nikki
Williams, CEO of the NSW Minerals Council, praised this new breed of innovators
and declared that innovation was alive and well in the NSW minerals industry.

?Our awards aim to encourage miners to identify
areas where health and safety can be improved and then develop and road test
unique solutions that can be adopted at other operations,? she said.

?These winners are not just tweaking old ideas or
adapting existing technologies, they have proven themselves to be true
innovators and have shown again why New South Wales miners are world class.?

The Innovation Award was given to the base metals mining and exploration company
Perilya from Broken Hill for its hand rail testing device, which tests whether handrails are fit for purpose.

The People?s Choice Award went
to exploration company Newcrest Mining?s Cadia Valley operations for the
Magnetic Moil Guide, a new
mechanical hammer guide that eliminates the risk of injury to workers by
replacing a manual task with a mechanical solution.

Centennial Coal?s Angus
Place Colliery, from NSW?s Central West, was the recipient of the Highly
Commended (Safety) Award for its modified Spyder longwall face drill, which removes workers from a high risk working zone
in longwall mining.

BHP Billiton?s Illawarra
Coal Regional Operations received the Highly Commended Award (Health) for helping
workers lower their occupational health exposure risk with new
testing regime for standard personal protective equipment (PPE) to ensure it
fits individual users.

Dr Williams said the ideas that were been
on show required thinking ?outside the square. The end result is tools,
applications and techniques that have the potential to be shared across the
industry and the community?.

Source: NSW Minerals Council

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