Aug 24, 2018

Dust control measures take out innovation and health prizes

Dust control measures take out innovation and health prizes Simon Burnett and Steve Henderson from Anglo American with the innovation award.

Anglo American’s Grasstree Mine has taken out the top accolade at this year’s 30th Queensland Mining Industry Health and Safety Conference Innovation Awards.

The awards ceremony was held at The Star Gold Coast at the end of the four-day conference, which carried the theme ‘Realising Opportunities Together’ and attracted about 700 delegates.

Anglo American received the innovation award for a dust suppression solution being implemented at its Grasstree Mine site

The approach uses engineering controls that isolate the workers from the source of dust and has seen a 96 per cent reduction in respirable dust particles since the trialling began in 2016.

Glencore’s Clermont open-cut mine claimed the Highly Commended Award for its data log hydraulic tuning of excavators while Evolution Mining’s Mt Rawdon operations won the People’s Choice Award for its “Barrel Mate” pump barrel rebuild station.

Peabody Australia not only received an honourable finalist mention in the Innovation Awards, but also cleaned up the Queensland Mining Industry Health Award Perpetual Shield and Health Program Award trophy for its ‘Limiting Respirable Dust Exposure During Maintenance Activities’ entry.

The company developed a robust industrial vacuum unit to use in place of hazardous cleaning practices, which previously saw workers blow or scrape dust from collectors and cabinets, causing dangerous airborne respirable dust exposure.

BMA was acknowledged for its efforts to reduce workers’ exposure to diesel particulate matter emissions, taking home the Highly Commended award for its program at Broadmeadow mine.


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