Over 500 people from across NSW were in attendance to celebrate the winners of the 2018 NSW Minerals Council Health, Safety, Environment and Community Conference Awards.
“It was great to see our Award winners recognised for their excellence and innovation by such a large number of their industry peers, and on behalf of all our members I warmly congratulate them for their achievements,” NSW Minerals Council CEO Stephen Galilee said.
Winner – Health Excellence
Mt Owen Positively Healthy – Site Health Score – Thiess Mount Owen
For the past five years, Thiess Mt Owen has been running an annual Positively Healthy program with around 20 percent of the workforce participating each year. With the support of Ethos Health, the company aimed to increase employee participation and achieve real weight loss and positive overall health outcomes across the mine’s workforce.
Winner – Safety Excellence
Sizer Teeth Removal Innovation – Glencore Ravensworth
Crusher teeth require replacement up to three times a year usually involving the use of a 6.4kg copper sledgehammer to strike the used teeth, loosening them so they can be removed. The constant swinging and striking with the sledgehammer poses significant fatigue, ergonomic and soft tissue injury risks to the maintenance technician undertaking the teeth removal. The maintenance team at Ravensworth came up with a newer, safer method to eliminate the use of the sledgehammer by redesigning the teeth themselves so a hydraulic flange splitter could be used to pull the teeth apart.
Winner – Environment Excellence
Quantifying NO2 concentration in blast fumes using drone technology – Glencore Ravensworth
The current method of monitoring dust levels is complicated by the difficulty in gathering sample data to assess the accuracy of the standard industry guidelines. Ravensworth addressed this issue by combining drone technology and gas sensors to gather accurate and quantifiable Nitrogen Dioxide concentration data from blast plumes. Results of the project have shown a correlation between the fume colour/intensity and Nitrogen Dioxide concentration which both supports and allows for future calibration of the standard industry guidelines.
Winner – Community Excellence
Strengthening Community Resilience through Partnership – Upper Hunter Community Services (UHCS) and BHP Mt Arthur Coal
As part of BHP Mt Arthur’s commitment to the local community, the Community Capacity Building project (CCB) was developed as a four-year, $1.14 million partnership between BHP and UHCS. The collaboration has helped several local and regional organisations by connecting them with the appropriate community agency or service, providing them with a meeting space within the UHCS building and assisting them with event planning, networking and grant applications.
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE WINNERS!