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Figure 1. As the centre of the blade wears unevenly, the outer edges create a “smiley face” or “mooning”.

Conveying
Optimising belt cleaner tension for maximum performance

While conveyor belt cleaning may seem a tedious, mundane exercise for quarry personnel, if it is done correctly and with the right technologies at their disposal, it can have dividends for an operation’s productivity and cost of ownership. Read more »
According to the CCAA, almost 180 Queensland quarries (including Holcim Beenleigh, pictured) participated in the state’s recent safety reset.

News
New independent regulator proposed for Queensland

A levy on resource companies will fund a new “arms length” health and safety regulatory body in Queensland, under legislation being proposed by the Palaszczuk Government. Read more »
The Victorian Parliamentary Secretary for Public Transport Infrastructure Vicki Ward presents the environmental innovation award to David Jones, Holcim.

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CCAA unveils NSW, Vic innovation awards finalists

Thriving habitats for endangered species, waste-derived fuels and safe tipping innovations have been recognised in the latest round of state winners at the CCAA Innovation Awards. Read more »
Pope Francis brought a message of hope for many of the impoverished workers of a stone quarry in the Madagascar capital.

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Pope conducts mass in Madagascar quarry

A vast granite pit above the capital of Madagascar has become a beacon of hope for many of that nation’s impoverished population, after an unlikely visit from Pope Francis. Read more »
Employees hold their safety reset meeting at Holcim’s Beenleigh Quarry.

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Safety deadline passes as MP warns non-compliant operators

The CCAA is confident its entire Queensland membership has met the 31 August deadline for “safety reset” meetings, as the resources sector works to prevent further fatalities in the state. Read more »
Inappropriate operator behaviour on active plant and equipment can pose safety risks

Case Studies
Health, safety breaches in the workplace are never 'trivial' matters

It might at the time seem like a ‘bit of fun’ but two recent workplace incidents highlight why employers and employees – especially in the extractive industry – should be mindful about safety. Shane Koelmeyer outlines the circumstances and why the employees were judged to be at fault. Read more »
Hanson’s Dave Leahy and Nick Dennis, with MP Leeanne Enoch, accept the Queensland environmental award for a stormwater project at Wolffdene Quarry.

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Big players dominate innovation awards

Industry heavy hitters Boral and Hanson have featured prominently at the state level 2019 CCAA Innovation Awards. Read more »
Holcim’s maintenance supervisor Stuart Daly (left) with Avweld sales engineer David Camilleri.

Conveying
Long life, wear resistant pipe outperforms expectations

A weld overlay pipe has provided labour and material savings for a Holcim operation. Read more »
The N-class eccentric screen is a mainstay of any customised Haver & Boecker Niagara crushing plant.

Conveying
Turnkey solutions for primary crushing plant systems

An OEM is working with aggregate producers to provide turnkey systems to individual specifications. Read more »

Case Studies
Block unit overhaul beats bearing, shaft failures

A Hanson operation in the central west of New South Wales has turned to solid block housed units to address numerous bearing and shaft failures in its conveyor tail pulleys. Read more »
Cameron Portelli is Kinder’s senior mechanical engineer and leads the company’s engineering team.

Case Studies
Innovative engineering design for productivity, safety

An engineering team for a family-owned materials handling business is providing quarrying producers with comprehensive recommendations on the correct installation of conveyor components. Read more »
A bird’s-eye view of Boral’s Charlton Quarry.

Case Studies
Victorian operation leads way in intelligent motor control

A Boral quarry has successfully updated legacy equipment with the latest motor control technology. Read more »
Figure 1. Pans (or flights) are one of the features of a modern apron feeder.

Conveying
An expert insight into apron feeder evolution

Apron feeders transport large, lumpy, abrasive and heavy materials under severe impact conditions. Metso product specialist Thomas Thomas draws upon his experience to share some insights into apron feeders, and their applications within the minerals processing industry. Read more »
The free of charge <em>Mining & Quarry Industry Guide to Workplace Safety 2019/20</em> is now available to order.

News
Updated safety guide aims to reduce injury, fatality

The latest edition of a wall-mountable workplace safety guide has been released, helping further promote a risk-averse culture in today’s quarrying and mining sectors. Read more »
At the end of August, all Queensland extractive workplaces will be required to conduct specific on-site discussions between management and operational staff about risks and safe practice.

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Fatalities force Queensland extractive sector to take stock

Cement Concrete & Aggregates Australia will help facilitate an industry-wide ‘safety reset’, following a recent spate of fatalities in Queensland’s resources sector. Read more »

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