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Industry gathers for Queensland CCAA EHS Awards

The Queensland Environment and Heritage Protection Minister Hon Andrew Powell MP presented the awards at a dinner hosted by Cement Concrete and Aggregates (CCAA) and the Institute of Quarrying Australia (IQA).
Boral Construction Materials took out this year?s Environmental Innovation Award for its development of an inexpensive, safe and reliable water treatment process.
{{image2-a:r-w:200}}The process neutralises alkaline contaminated run off water by ?dosing? it with carbon dioxide gas in the first flush settling pit.
This process makes the water safe for release or reuse in concrete batching and is far safer than the alternative treatment with liquid acids.
Holcim SEQ Queensland won the Occupational Health and Safety Innovation Award for its ?water weighted? safety gate that protects employees working on elevated platforms.
{{image3-a:l-w:200}}The gate system has barriers at either end. The barrier at one end is automatically lowered when the opposite barrier is raised, allowing for safe access by forklifts with pallets.
The arms of the gate are partially filled with fluid and the transfer of this fluid helps the operator lower and raise the barriers with ease.
This year?s awards also saw the introduction of a new category community leadership and the only award went to Holcim?s SEQ Aggregates Transport group.
The group won a highly commended award for its partnership with Goodna Youth Services and the donation of goods such as clothing, shoes, blankets and Christmas food hampers.
{{image4-a:r-w:200}}This year?s Queensland winners now compete in the national CCAA EHS Awards. The national awards will be announced at the biennial Construction Materials Industry Conference (CMIC) in Brisbane in September 2014.
Neilsens was highly commended in the Environmental Innovation Award for its installation of a concrete wash chute to remove contaminants from wash-out before it goes into drains or waterways, and at the same time recycle aggregates back to the stockpile.
{{image5-a:l-w:200}}Highly commended in the Occupational Health and Safety Innovation award category were a number of entries.
Hy-Tec Industries for the introduction of an exclusion zone system at its Beerwah concrete plant including electronic gate installation.
Boral Construction Materials for the Stop for Safety intervention campaign, which included the development of a Stop Unsafe Work Commitment.
Cement Australia for the development and implementation of a health promotion program that provides managers with the tools and training to empower employees to improve their own health.
Wagners for the design and construction of silo loading platforms at its Pinkenba cement facility, enabling drivers to safety access the top of the container when on the weighbridge.
Sources: CCAA

CLARIFICATION – 3 SEPTEMBER 2013

This story was originally issued under the banner headline “IQA awards safety and environment” as part of the Quarry e-newsletter mailout on 2 September, 2013. IQA members and subscribers should note that the CCAA EHS Awards, for innovations by construction materials companies, are separate from the IQA industry and sponsored awards for individuals presented each year at the Institute’s annual conference.

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