Anglo American has today announced it will wholly fund the first truck-mounted winder for the Queensland Mines Rescue Service.
The funding commitment, in excess of $2 million, will enable the QMRS to purchase a mobile truck-mounted emergency egress system (winder) to assist rescue crews in the event that miners are trapped underground.
The announcement comes as hundreds of industry representatives gather for the Queensland Mining Industry Health and Safety Conference on the Gold Coast this week.
Chief executive officer of Anglo American’s metallurgical coal business, Tyler Mitchelson, said the company was proud to be working with the QMRS to deliver meaningful safety improvements for the industry.
“The QMRS provides leading edge emergency response capability within our mining industry, so it’s crucial that we arm them with the resources they may need to undertake potentially life-saving work,” he said.
“As the largest underground coal miner in Australia, we understand how important it is to have this type of equipment available in case of an emergency.
“We are making a significant investment in this critical piece of mines rescue equipment, not just for the safety of our own people, but for all of those who work in the Queensland mining industry.”
QMRS chief executive officer David Carey described the life-saving equipment as a significant donation which would improve emergency response capabilities across the entire Queensland mining industry.
Anglo American and QMRS will now work together to undertake a detailed scoping and tender process ahead of the equipment purchase.