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The Innovation Award was given to Perilya from Broken Hill for its hand rail testing device.
The Innovation Award was given to Perilya from Broken Hill for its hand rail testing device.

NSW minerals industry praised for commitment to safety innovation

The New South Wales Minerals Council OHS Innovation Awards were recently presented at the council’s Occupational Health and Safety conference in the Hunter Valley. 

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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