Centennial brings home the gold

Centennial Coal’s Newstan Colliery was honoured at last night’s NSW Minerals Council Health and Safety Innovation Awards for their purpose built longwall isolation system.

The Centennial Hydraulic Isolation Control System (CHICS) allows repairs and maintenance to be carried out at the longwall face, limiting human exposure to the failure of high pressure fluid system components.

In awarding Centennial Coal the NSWMC Health and Safety Innovation of the Year, the judges commented that CHICS was “a major and timely innovation for control of high pressure hydraulic systems, eminently transferable (to other industries)” and represented “a very significant safety improvement”.

The Minerals Council chief executive Dr Nikki Williams said the high quality of the entries illustrated the industry’s commitment to innovation in the name of improving the health and safety of its workforce.

“Each year our Innovation Awards throw up amazing examples of ingenuity to eliminate risk from the workplace. As we have seen so tragically in the past week, the industry’s objective of zero harm is a moving target which can never be taken for granted,” she said.

“It was very pleasing to see some of the initiatives which are underway in NSW mining operations which are focussed on overall health and well-being. While the safety of our workforce on mine sites must always be our top priority, there must be an understanding that a holistic approach to healthy lifestyles has undoubted safety benefits for everyone.”

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