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Supplier celebrates LTI-free milestone

This is a fantastic outcome for the business and the result of a constant focus on safety by all of CME’s employees, which increases safety awareness and has been shown to further develop a culture of safety excellence.

Over the past four years CME has promoted safety excellence, despite significant increases in demand for its specialised on-site maintenance and engineering services conducted at mines and quarries nationally.

Aspiring towards the vision of “Think Safety, Think CME”, some internal programs the company has launched include the patented LockLift and Safe-T Lift crusher liner safety lifting devices, the Think Safety, Think CME training program and the display of safety slogans on team members’ uniforms while working on-site, to promote constant safety awareness.

“We are backing up all of our strategic objectives with a multi-layered approach of initiatives that target as many sources of influence that we can muster,” CME’s occupational health and safety manager Mark Hill said.

“One of the latest programs that we are utilising is the ‘walking billboards’ high visibility site shirts worn by all of our service staff. We also have implemented in-depth personal safety shares such as the Steve Reid story, which he has been delivering at our toolbox meetings. This vicarious experience through storytelling is a great way of influencing people to behave safely. We will continue to deliver these types of initiatives throughout our journey to excellence in safety performance.”

CME’s chief executive officer Gordon Fogwill said, “Our company mantra of ‘Innovation Not Duplication’ exists through our product and service quality but it is… continually striving for improvements in all areas of the business that has aided us to position our safety record as ‘best in practice’.

“What makes this even more exceptional is the fact that our business has grown over these four years to be more associated with higher risk service work on-site.”

{{image2-a:r-w:250}}Steve Reid’s story is particularly potent. The 54-year old South Australian with more than 30 years of engineering experience was removing a hub liner on a gyratory crusher when, through no fault of his own, stored energy released unexpectedly.

He sustained fractures to his left hand and severe bruising to the bones on his right hand. However, he concedes the consequences could have been more severe, from head and facial injuries to a fatality.

Reid now uses his story to teach other CME staff and customers about the importance of workplace safety, particularly when undertaking difficult maintenance tasks. He encourages them to consider how workplace injuries could affect not only themselves but their work colleagues and loved ones.

The latest data from the Western Australian Department of Mines and Petroleum (2013-14) indicates an average mining industry LTI frequency rate of 2.4. CME has maintained a nil balance across this metric for four years.

CME conducts off-site repairs and on-site services, manufacturing and associated engineering throughout Australia and abroad within the mining, quarrying and heavy construction industries.

Its core business is the supply of LinerSafe manganese crusher liners, and the company’s engineering division is adept at designing manganese liner profiles to meet customers’ product requirements.

CME is also an authorised dealer and service centre for Tesab Engineering’s tracked crushing, screening and conveying equipment and the Tecman range of rock breaker booms. The company also manufactures its own jaw and Auspactor vertical shaft impact crushers, and stocks a full range of ProTech wear plate and ceramic products.

Source: Crushing & Mining Equipment

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