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CCAA wraps up 2015 EHS Awards

The Western Australian branch of Cement Concrete Aggregates Australia (CCAA) received a total of 28 nominations for the state’s seven awards, which this year included a new community engagement category.

The best entries were revealed at an industry dinner held in Perth in August, one of which was Boral’s Environmental Innovation Award-winning foam dust suppression system.

Unlike conventional systems, which use water, the dust suppression solution Boral adopted at its Orange Grove quarry used a shaving cream-like foam to control airborne particles. While traditional dust suppression systems reduced the effective operation of the quarry’s screens, the use of foam allowed Boral to retain its full screening capacity. It also minimised clean-up and significantly improved the quarry’s fugitive dust levels.

“Since its installation in December 2014, there hasn’t been a single dust complaint received from the local or wider community and the monthly dust deposition results are significantly lower than previous years, showing a distinct improvement,” the CCAA website stated.

{{image2-a:r-w:200}}Quarry manager Matt Hardy said the award reflected the Orange Grove quarry team’s ongoing efforts to improve the site’s performance and to minimise environmental impacts on the surrounding community.

“Despite the challenge of operating a crushing plant [that is] more than 50 years old, the use of cutting-edge technology and innovative ideas has meant the site can operate in a safe and efficient manner and maintain a sound working relationship with the local community,” he commented.

Spreading new ideas

The Health and Safety Innovation Award was presented to Hanson for the removable ground bin it developed at its Canningvale concrete batching site. The bin decreased the downtime associated with plant maintenance and eliminated some of the main occupational hazards, such as working in a confined space.

Concrete plant manager Andrew Dodd said Hanson was pleased to be recognised. “These awards allow all within the CCAA to spread ideas to improve best practices,” he commented. “For a small additional cost in construction, the solution developed by our projects team can be adopted by any company looking to reduce exposure to high risk situations around weighed ground bins.”

CCAA WA state director Harry Backes said he hoped this year’s “high calibre” entries would inspire and motivate the rest of the heavy construction materials industry to investigate opportunities to improve environmental, health and safety, and community engagement outcomes.

Boral and Hanson, along with the award winners from the other states, will now be considered for the biennial national Environmental Innovation and Health and Safety Innovation awards, which will be presented in Melbourne at next year’s Construction Materials Industry Conference.
 

The winners

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