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  • Flood recovery in mines (0) February 8, 2008 THE Queensland Mines Inspectorate has reminded mine operators to consider the hazards created by the recent rains, flooding and the resultant disruption, while attempting to restore operations.
  • Feature on mining in the Hunter Valley (0) February 8, 2008 AUSTRALIAN Mining invites editorial contributions and story ideas for its centenary feature in the April 2008 issue: Mining in the Hunter Valley 1908 to 2008.
  • Feature on environmental management (0) February 8, 2008 AUSTRALIAN Mining invites editorial contributions and story ideas for its environmental management feature in the April 2008 issue.
  • Electrical equipment and cables feature (0) February 8, 2008 AUSTRALIAN Mining invites editorial contributions and story ideas for its electrical equipment and cables feature in the April 2008 issue.
  • Feature on contract mining and services (0) February 8, 2008 AUSTRALIAN Mining invites editorial contributions and story ideas for its contract mining and services feature in the April 2008 issue.
  • Motors and drives feature (0) February 8, 2008 AUSTRALIAN Mining invites editorial contributions and story ideas for its motors and drives feature in the April 2008 issue.
  • Plan to increase mine safety in NSW (0) February 8, 2008 THE Mine Safety Advisory Council has released an Action Plan aimed at enhancing mine safety across NSW.
  • CME President Dr David Smith resigns (0) February 7, 2008 CHAMBER of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia (CME) President Dr David Smith has resigned from the CME Presidency following his assignment to a new role within Rio Tinto.
  • Late model trucks at auction (0) February 7, 2008 RITCHIE Bros. Auctioneers will be holding its first 2008 unreserved auction in Australia on Tuesday March 18 in Brisbane.
  • Groundwater holds key to metal detection (0) February 7, 2008 SCIENTISTS are using groundwater to locate gold and other high value resources.
  • Industries united on skills shortage (0) February 7, 2008 SKILLS shortages in the mining and agriculture industries were tackled head on recently at the launch of a pilot project directed at building the pool of skilled workers available to ...
  • Minister surveys flood clean-up in Ensham (0) February 7, 2008 QUEENSLAND Minister for Mines and Energy Geoff Wilson has paid a flying visit to Ensham coal mine to see first hand the recovery efforts being undertaken by Ensham following inundation ...
  • SA Minister backs 2008 Mine Challenge (0) February 6, 2008 SA Minister for Mineral Resources Development Paul Holloway has endorsed this year’s World’s Greatest Shave Mine Challenge.
  • Symposium on earth modelling (0) February 6, 2008 CSIRO will host a symposium in May as a step toward a breakthrough in Earth System modelling, a new area of science requiring collaboration among many disciplines.
  • Leaner, greener trains for Rio Tinto (0) February 6, 2008 LEADING Australian end-to-end rail technology solutions provider United Group Rail has just delivered 10 of the latest GE –Transportation Evolution Series locomotives to Pilbara Iron – a member of the ...
  • Clearing the air on dust control (0) February 6, 2008 TODAY’S dust monitoring technology provides greater versatility in sampling routines, enhanced precision in particulate analysis and less machine maintenance.
  • Gladiator rumbles with slurry (0) February 6, 2008 HAWK Measurement Systems has launched a device that detects the level of liquid, slurry or powder in a tank or vessel.
  • A brand new approach to attracting staff (0) February 6, 2008 WHY should someone work for your company? HR specialist Michael Minns offers insight on ‘employer branding’.
  • Compressors on show at NMW (0) February 6, 2008 BOGE compressors will showcase at National Manufacturing Week its range of oil lubricated and oil free screw and piston compressors.
  • Metal prices undervalued: report (0) February 5, 2008 METAL analysts’ predictions of metal prices have consistently and significantly lagged behind the actual spot market, and mining and metals equities have been undervalued, according to Ernst & Young’s report ...
  • Latest research turns every stone (0) February 5, 2008 A NEW non-entry technology can improve mine safety and efficiency, according to the Queensland Centre for Advanced Technologies (QCAT) and CSIRO’s annual report.
  • Sampling event hits town (0) February 5, 2008 THE Sampling 2008 Conference, supported by the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy will be held in Perth from the 27 to 29 May 2008.
  • BHP approves funding for iron ore growth (0) February 5, 2008 BHP Billiton has approved US$1.094 billion of capital expenditure to underpin accelerated growth of its Western Australian Iron Ore (WAIO) business.
  • Top level talks on clean coal (0) February 5, 2008 A HIGH-LEVEL delegation from Germany’s leading energy state is visiting Queensland to discuss clean energy technology, renewable energy, and joint global responses to climate change.
  • Mining takes leads on drug-safe workplaces (0) February 5, 2008 THE mining industry is at the forefront of Australian workplace safety with about 70% of Australia’s 380 mines with a drug-safe workplace program in place, according to drug and alcohol ...
  • Self-priming centrifugal pump (0) February 5, 2008 EPG Pumps has launched into the Australian market what is said to be a rugged, dependable self-priming end suction centrifugal pump suitable for a range of solids handling jobs.
  • Indonesia awarded for health and safety (0) February 4, 2008 THIESS Contractors Indonesia (TCI) has been recognised for working two years, the equivalent of 45 million man hours without a lost time injury.
  • RAW awards entry deadline extended (0) February 4, 2008 THE closing date for entries in this year’s Resources Awards for Women has been extended.
  • Alcoa employees reap cost savings (0) February 4, 2008 AS employee retention becomes a major issue for Australian businesses, Alcoa is leading the charge in employee engagement by offering cash incentives to those who come up with smart ideas. ...
  • Damaged gasket proves costly (0) February 4, 2008 THE NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) has released a safety alert after a manifold gasket in an underground coal mine was damaged.
  • Wanted: sustainable benefits from boom (0) February 1, 2008 AUSTRALIA will only secure sustainable benefits from the current resources boom if the Rudd Government’s first Budget implements a range of policy recommendations proposed by the mining sector’s professional body.
  • Perth briefing on Sino Iron Project (0) February 1, 2008 CITIC Pacific Mining Chief Executive Officer Barry Fitzgerald will deliver on 19 March 2008 a presentation at the Burswood Entertainment Complex on the $5.2 billion Sino Iron project.
  • Torque wrenches save time and boost safety (0) February 1, 2008 AUSTRALIA’S largest hydraulic hammer maintenance and repair organisation has more than halved the time taken for bolting tasks while improving safety and precision by introducing Enerpac torque wrenches.
  • Compressors breathe life into coal project (0) February 1, 2008 A CLEAN coal technology provider has been impressed with the performance of screw compressors new to the local market
  • View blueprints in the field (0) February 1, 2008 POSITIONING solutions provider Trimble has introduced new wireless capabilities for a popular communications device.
  • Incident response unsatisfactory: minister (0) January 31, 2008 NEW laws may be needed to ensure an adequate level of co-operation from mine management and their contractors when mines inspectors investigate serious safety incidents, Queensland Mines and Energy Minister ...
  • Leases approved for Narrabri coal mine (0) January 31, 2008 THE NSW Government has granted a lease for mining to commence at a new underground coal mine near Narrabri.
  • Driller crushed to death in Cooper Basin (0) January 31, 2008 A 36-year-old Queensland man was killed while operating a drilling rig in the Cooper Basin in South Australia in late January.
  • Macmahon wins work for Nickel Project (0) January 31, 2008 MACMAHON Holdings Limited has won a long term mining contract for the new Sinclair Nickel Project owned by Jubilee Mines, and an extension to its existing Olympic Dam underground development ...
  • Junior explorers win innovation grants (0) January 31, 2008 FOUR junior mineral explorers have received a total of $145,000 in grants for innovative research projects, Queensland Mines and Energy Minister Geoff Wilson said.
  • More power to Mount Isa (0) January 30, 2008 AN ambitious $800 million to $900 million project to plug Mount Isa’s mining hub into the national electricity grid could double the lifespan of some of the country’s biggest mines, ...
  • Greyhound to move for Olympic Dam (0) January 30, 2008 GREYHOUND Australia has become the sole carrier for miners at BHP Billiton’s Olympic Dam mine.
  • Macmahon drives safety with Big Five (0) January 30, 2008 MAJOR mining and civil construction company Macmahon Holdings has developed a program whereby employees identify their personal drivers for encouraging occupational health and safety in the workplace.
  • Leadership call in pre-budget submission (0) January 30, 2008 QUEENSLAND’S minerals and energy sector is maintaining its push for federal leadership in key areas essential to the long-term success of the resources sector and the national economy.
  • Fume arms for gas extraction (0) January 30, 2008 EXIMO has released a line of fume arms for safe extraction of dangerous gases and other substances at workstations and manufacturing points.
  • Ensham emerges from flood crisis (10) January 29, 2008 THE worst has passed for Ensham coal mine as the floodwaters in the Nogoa River downstream of Emerald begin receding.
  • NW power proposal welcomed (0) January 29, 2008 THE global competitiveness of mining and minerals processing industries in North West Queensland has been given a boost with the announcement by Premier Bligh that a proposal to upgrade power ...
  • BHP under fire over death investigation (0) January 29, 2008 QUEENSLAND Mines and Energy Minister Geoff Wilson has demanded an explanation from mining companies involved in a fatal incident recently after reports that critical information was withheld from mines inspectors ...
  • TAFE training expanding in regional SA (0) January 29, 2008 TAFE SA has been expanding education and training opportunities in regional South Australia over the last two years, as demand grows from regional people wanting to acquire or update their ...
  • High-visibility earmuff (0) January 29, 2008 SPERIAN Protection Australia has released a high-visibility earmuff with AM/FM radio
  • Australian Mining podcast on skills strategy (0) January 29, 2008 IN this Unearthed Report interview Australian Mining editor Jamie Wade speaks with Mining Industry Skills Centre chief executive Derek Hunter and Manager and the Centre’s Manager of Strategic Development Jenny ...
  • Multiple function spray truck (0) January 29, 2008 COATES has released a range of water trucks with multiple spray options
  • Safety compliant switches (0) January 29, 2008 FLUID Components International has released a switch series rated Safety Integrity Level (SIL) 2 compliant
  • Skills strategy interview transcript (0) January 29, 2008 THE following is a transcript of an interview with Australian Mining editor Jamie Wade, Mining Industry Skill Centre (MISC) chief executive Derek Hunter and MISC manager of strategic development Jenny ...
  • High-power air nozzle (0) January 27, 2008 EXAIR has released a 5.08 cm high-power air nozzle that produces a flat 5.08 cm wide airstream
  • Is on the job training at your site sufficient? (0) January 27, 2008 VOTE in Australian Mining’s latest online poll at www.miningaustralia.com.au.
  • Land release for Karratha (0) January 25, 2008 THE Western Australian Government announced the release of 81 residential lots to be sold by public ballot in Karratha on 22 February.
  • New report on NSW minerals industry (0) January 25, 2008 THE minerals industry and investors are being encouraged to read the NSW Minerals Industry Annual 2006-07.
  • Womens Day Breakfast and awards (0) January 25, 2008 MULTI-award-winning ABC science writer and broadcaster Bernie Hobbs will compere QRC’s International Womens Day Breakfast and Resources Awards for Women (RAW) on Friday, 7 March 2008.
  • Metalliferous Mining Competencies updated (0) January 25, 2008 THE Queensland Department of Mines & Energy has released an updated list of Metalliferous Mining Competencies.
  • Rail innovation for Goonyella Coal Upgrade (0) January 25, 2008 UPGRADES to the rail capacity infrastructure of one of central Queensland’s major coal systems, Goonyella, has been completed in response to increases in production volumes forecast for the next five ...
  • Programmable pressure sensor (0) January 25, 2008 TURCK has released a programmable output pressure sensor with programmable PNP/NPN switch points
  • Hands free radio (0) January 25, 2008 MOTOROLA has released a two-way radio with 1 watt transmitter power
  • LGL’s Ballarat mine reopens (0) January 24, 2008 LIHIR Gold Ltd’s Ballarat gold mine has been reopened following successful restoration of the main Woolshed Gully access decline.
  • Newcastle’s Third Coal Terminal underway (0) January 24, 2008 CONSTRUCTION of the first stage of a third coal export terminal for the Port of Newcastle will begin immediately following completion of finance arrangements.
  • Thermal dispersion flow switches (0) January 24, 2008 FINETEK has released a series of thermal dispersion flow switches that calculate velocity based on the heat-loss of a heated probe
  • Site-to-ship, and not a soul in sight (0) January 24, 2008 RIO Tinto Iron Ore (RTIO) and Komatsu are making the mine of the future a reality.
  • Bilfinger acquires Clough business (0) January 24, 2008 CONTRACTOR Bilfinger Berger Services has acquired engineering and construction company Clough Limited’s wholly owned subsidiary, Clough Engineering & Maintenance Pty Ltd (CEM).
  • Gas cleaning system for Yarwun refinery (0) January 24, 2008 THE Environmental Group Limited has been awarded a $2.2m contract to supply a Flue Gas Desulphurisation system for Rio Tinto Alcan’s Yarwun alumina refinery expansion project at Gladstone, Queensland.
  • Estimating underground excavation costs (0) January 24, 2008 LARGE excavations are required in underground mines for facilities such as crushing stations, loading stations, workshops and pump stations. This note may be of interest to engineers who need to ...
  • Geothermal energy potential in WA (0) January 23, 2008 THE race is on to develop Western Australia’s geothermal energy potential, following the historic first release of acreage for geothermal exploration.
  • BHP invests in Newcastle Port Project (0) January 23, 2008 BHP Billiton has approved the Newcastle Third Port Project with a capital investment of US$390 million.
  • Iron ore expertise exported to Brazil (0) January 23, 2008 IN an example of how Australian expertise is being utilised overseas, Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM) has applied its extensive iron ore experience gained in the Pilbara to Brazil.
  • Big wheels keep on turning (0) January 23, 2008 THE world’s biggest contract miner Thiess Pty Ltd, is turning the wheels on tyre wastage by increasing the average tyre life of their $168,000 per vehicle Off Highway Truck (OHT) ...
  • Skills Strategy a worthy approach (3) January 23, 2008 WITH a chronic skills shortage in the mining industry many things have been said and written, but outcomes have been few and far between.
  • Bowen Basin lost production costs mount (0) January 23, 2008 HEAVY rain and record floods across central Queensland’s Bowen Basin are now expected to translate into hundreds of millions of dollars in lost coal production, Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive ...
  • SA to get tough on mining conditions (0) January 22, 2008 ACTING Minister for Mineral Resources Development Michael Atkinson said the South Australian Government imposes stringent environmental conditions on all exploration and mining tenements.
  • Wheel dozer with cooling system (0) January 22, 2008 CATERPILLAR has released a wheel dozer with new radiator and improved heat transfer
  • Housing opportunity for Port Hedland (0) January 22, 2008 SUBMISSIONS are open for the construction of a residential development in the heart of Port Hedland.
  • Tens of millions lost to CQ floods (0) January 22, 2008 THE damage bill from floods and wet weather in central Queensland’s Bowen Basin appears certain to cost the export coal industry and the State’s economy tens of millions of dollars, ...
  • FMG pushes for Robe River railway access (0) January 22, 2008 FORTESCUE Metals Group (FMG) has applied to declare Rio’s Robe River railway open to third parties.
  • Clough poised for Pluto LNG jetty berth (0) January 22, 2008 CLOUGH has a Letter of Intent from Woodside approving the initial expenditure of up to $30m for preliminary works for the LNG jetty berth for the Pluto LNG Project.
  • Macarthur Coal suspends mining (0) January 22, 2008 MACARTHUR Coal Limited has suspended coal mining activities at its Coppabella Mine where more than 233 mm in rain has fallen in the last two days.
  • I/O-link enabled proximity switch (0) January 22, 2008 SICK has released a photoelectric proximity switch with electronic adjustment of background suppression, and an I/O link
  • Mantle head nuts with brains (0) January 22, 2008 NEW mantle head nuts make changing-out head nuts a safer, shorter operation.
  • Above-deck compressor (0) January 21, 2008 VMAC has released an above-deck hydraulic air compressor delivering up to 150 PSI
  • Contractor killed at BHP’s Cannington mine (0) January 21, 2008 A TEAM of Queensland Department of Mines and Energy Mines Inspectorate officers are continuing to investigate a fatality last week at BHP Billiton’s Cannington mine south-east of Mount Isa.
  • FMG defends refusal of union access (0) January 21, 2008 FORTESCUE Metals Group Limited (FMG) has defended its decision to refuse representatives from the AWU and the CFMEU access to its Cloudbreak construction site in the Pilbara following the fatal ...
  • Hydraulic live swivels (0) January 21, 2008 SPRAY Nozzle Engineering has released a range of inline and 90° hydraulic live swivels for fluid, air and gas applications
  • Non-invasive gas sensor (0) January 21, 2008 FLEXIM has released a gas measurement sensor that can be clamped onto pipes without interrupting flow
  • Queensland flood sinks dragline (0) January 21, 2008 QUEENSLAND coal producer Ensham Resources has used helicopters to evacuate employees stranded at the flooded central Queensland mine
  • Environmentally friendly hydraulic excavator (0) January 18, 2008 HITACHI has released a hydraulic excavator with environmentally friendly ISO 14001 Certification
  • LED safety warning lamp (0) January 18, 2008 NARVA has released a LED safety warning lamp powered by D-size dry cell batteries.
  • Autonomous haulage program in Pilbara (0) January 18, 2008 RIO Tinto has embarked on a ground-breaking program to develop a world-leading system to automate its Pilbara iron ore operations.
  • Oakajee Port and Rail Project a step closer (0) January 18, 2008 THE Federal Government has given the green light to investment agreements signed late last year between Yilgarn Infrastructure and five major Chinese companies.
  • Floating dock at marine complex on track (0) January 18, 2008 CONSTRUCTION of the local component of a $60million floating dock at the Australian Marine Complex (AMC) in Henderson began today, two months ahead of the original schedule.
  • Top 10 pump tips (0) January 17, 2008 PUMPS are found on every mining and minerals processing site and on just about every one of these sites the engineering and maintenance teams report pump problems.
  • High-speed infrared linescanner (0) January 17, 2008 RAYTEK has released a high-speed infrared linescanner with scan speed up to 150 Hz
  • Honeymoon uranium mine approved (0) January 16, 2008 THE South Australian Government has approved construction of South Australia’s third uranium mine: Uranium One Australia’s Honeymoon Project.
  • Modular nitrogen generators (0) January 16, 2008 ATLAS Copco Compressor Technique has launched a range of nitrogen generators that provides flexible on-site nitrogen generation
  • Portable air conditioning (0) January 16, 2008 KENNARDS Hire has expanded its range of portable air conditioners with 10 kW and 20 kW models
  • Advertise on www.miningaustralia.com.au (0) January 16, 2008 WITH more 30,000 page views a month and more than 10,000 people visiting the site each month www.miningaustralia.com.au is rapidly becoming a regular source of information for mining professionals.
  • Advice on Emergency Management Act (0) January 16, 2008 RESOURCES Safety – a division of the WA Department of Consumer and Employment Protection – has issued a Mines Safety Bulletin with advice on the Emergency Management Act 2005.
  • Grants for OHS research (0) January 15, 2008 THE South Australian Government is offering grants for innovative research projects to improve workplace safety in the State.
  • Crash resulting in near death (0) January 15, 2008 THE Queensland Mines Inspectorate has issued a safety alert following a collision on a mine haul road involving a light and heavy vehicle.
  • Unattended vehicles rolling away (0) January 15, 2008 SAFETY authorities have raised alarm over several incidents in recent months involving unattended vehicles rolling away down slopes at mine sites in Western Australia.
  • Workshops on drug testing and screening (0) January 15, 2008 FRONTLINE Diagnostics will hold a series of workshops in March 2008 to educate Australian employers about the prevalence and impact of drugs at work and how to develop policies to ...
  • Narrow escape from mobile plant fire (0) January 15, 2008 A SALT harvester operator has escaped serious injury after being trapped in his cabin when a fire broke out in the machine.
  • Construction caution amid cyclone season (0) January 15, 2008 SAFETY Authorities have advised mine operators in cyclone-prone areas to err on the side of caution in the design and construction of buildings and other structures, and in the development ...
  • Dampier Port upgrade on time, on budget (0) January 15, 2008 RIO Tinto’s US$1.4 billion Dampier Port upgrade project in Western Australia has been completed on time and on budget.
  • Indonesian Mining Procurement Forum (0) January 15, 2008 THE second Indonesian Mining Procurement Forum from 1 to 2 April 2008 at Darwin’s Sky City Hotel Casino will showcase Darwin as a regional distribution and supply centre for mining ...
  • Goonyella coal chain report released (0) January 14, 2008 THE Queensland Government has welcomed the appointment of Ross Dunning to a critical role in coordinating Queensland’s coal supply chain.
  • Fatality at Cloudbreak Mine site (0) January 14, 2008 AT about 4pm WST on Friday January 11, 2008, an incident occurred during the construction of the processing plant at the Cloudbreak Mine site involving an employee of United Construction, ...
  • Quick-sealing hose ends (0) January 14, 2008 WURTH has released a range of quick-sealing hose ends for temporary pipe capping
  • Modular vacuum pumps (0) January 14, 2008 JAVAC has released a range of vacuum pumps with modular design
  • Control systems for Pluto LNG Project (0) January 12, 2008 HONEYWELL has won a contract to provide the integrated control system for Woodside’s new Pluto liquefied natural gas (LNG) Project in Western Australia.
  • Green light for Wiggins Island Coal Terminal (1) January 11, 2008 DEVELOPMENT of the massive new Wiggins Island Coal Terminal near Gladstone in Queensland has been given a green light.
  • More action on Broadmeadow incident (0) January 11, 2008 LEGAL proceedings will continue this year over an incident in early 2006 where a worker at BMA’s Broadmeadow underground coal mine suffered extensive and life threatening burns.
  • Minerals industry appointments (0) January 11, 2008 The latest corporate appointments in the Australian minerals industry
  • Adaptable keypad (0) January 11, 2008 EAO has released a keypad that can be customised to suit different applications.
  • Sensor vision cameras (0) January 11, 2008 DALSA has released a range of vision cameras with sensor technology to provide image acquisition in compact form factors
  • Hope for skills-short resources sector (0) January 10, 2008 THE Rudd Government’s pledge to deliver 450,000 extra training places over four years will help relieve the anticipated skills shortage of over 50,000 staff per year in the resources & ...
  • Entries open for Resources Awards for Women (0) January 10, 2008 ENTRIES are now open for the third annual Resources Awards for Women.
  • Sustainable plans for fuel (0) January 10, 2008 CSIRO’s newly formed Future Fuels Forum (FFF) is bringing together community, industry and government to plan for the future of transport fuels in Australia.
  • Integrated motion control (0) January 10, 2008 GE FANUC has released a 2-axis module motion controller, which allows users to integrate motion control, servos (or steppers), and low-end control
  • Motion control automation (0) January 10, 2008 BALDOR has released an automated motion controller for servo and stepper motor axes, with onboard I/O and fieldbus connectivity
  • Drilling and blasting feature (0) January 9, 2008 AUSTRALIAN Mining invites editorial contributions and story ideas for its centenary feature on drilling and blasting feature in the March 2008 issue.
  • Tyre maintenance feature (0) January 9, 2008 AUSTRALIAN Mining invites editorial contributions and story ideas for its feature on tyres and tyre maintenance feature in the March 2008 issue.
  • Picoprox sensors (0) January 9, 2008 TURCK has released a range of miniature picoprox sensors, with sensing distances that exceed ferrite-core sensors
  • Feature on meeting the skills shortage (0) January 9, 2008 AUSTRALIAN Mining invites editorial contributions and story ideas for its feature on attracting, training and retaining personnel in the March 2008 issue.
  • Showcase of pumping equipment in March (0) January 9, 2008 AUSTRALIAN Mining invites editorial contributions for its product showcase on pumps, pipes, valves and compressors in the March 2008 issue.
  • Pilbara focus in March Australian Mining (0) January 9, 2008 AUSTRALIAN Mining invites editorial contributions and story ideas for its Pilbara Spotlight in the March 2008 issue.
  • Lightning strike leads to tyre explosion (0) January 8, 2008 A LIGHTNING strike that caused tyre explosions and heavy vehicle damage at Anglo Coal’s Drayton mine in NSW in late November has prompted warnings about the destructive impact of lightning.
  • Export studies on Wilcherry Hill Iron Ore Project (0) January 8, 2008 IRONCLAD Mining Limited is conducting preliminary studies into export options for iron products from the proposed Wilcherry Hill Iron Ore Project on the Eyre Peninsula of South Australia.
  • Help sought on hazardous manual tasks (0) January 8, 2008 HAVE you identified hazardous manual handling tasks in your workplace or been involved in the design, construction, commissioning or maintenance of any equipment, plant, work surfaces, work practices or systems ...
  • Guides to avoid heat illness (0) January 8, 2008 AS the mercury rises, so to does the risk of heat-related illness. Here are some guides to stay cool.
  • Servo assembly press modules (0) January 8, 2008 CINCINNATI Test Systems has released a range of electromechanical servo-assembly press modules, with strokes from 130 mm to 400 mm.
  • Fork level switch (0) January 8, 2008 ENDRESS+Hauser has released a vibrating-fork level switch for bulk solids said to function in temperatures up to 300°C
  • Safety alert follows report into cyclone deaths (0) January 7, 2008 SAFETY authorities in Western Australia have issued further recommendations to minimise hazards from cyclones impacting workplaces in the State’s north.
  • Load cell interface (0) January 7, 2008 OMRON Electronics has released a load cell interface for PLC, which mounts directly into any special I/O unit.
  • Videoscope inspection system (0) January 7, 2008 MAINTENANCE Systems Consolidated has released a videoscope system featuring point, click and view operation, allowing recorded data to be transferred directly to computer
  • Rio Tinto to buy three new iron ore carriers (0) January 7, 2008 RIO Tinto will purchase three 250,000 deadweight tonne ore carriers to transport iron ore from its mines in the Pilbara in Western Australia (and potentially from Simandou in Guinea) to ...
  • Safe design: thinking it through (1) January 6, 2008 STATE Mining Engineer (WA) Martin Knee examines the process of safe design in minimising hazards.
  • PPE statistics for mining (0) January 5, 2008 ARE there any statistics showing improvements in safety in the mining industry resulting from personal protective equipment (PPE) use?
  • Thermal imaging finds strong interest (0) January 5, 2008 THERMAL imaging technology attracted a high level of interest at the underground rescue competition at St Ives gold mine near Kambalda in Western Australia late last year, according to Resources ...
  • Easy care air-motor (0) January 4, 2008 DEPRAG Schulz has released a series of air-motors with 200W, 400W and 600W nominal power
  • Digital measurement loops (0) January 4, 2008 INGOLD has released a range of pH and Oxygen measurement loops with digital sensor management technology
  • New bond calculator for land rehabilitation (0) January 4, 2008 THE Victorian Government has released a new bond calculator for the mining industry that is aimed at cutting red tape while ensuring land rehabilitation works are adequately covered.
  • New exploration licenses in Tasmania (0) January 4, 2008 FOUR new exploration licence applications will be granted in various parts of Tasmania.
  • Timely reminder on natural hazards (0) January 4, 2008 A TIMELY reminder about the potentially hazardous consequences of cyclones and the importance of emergency preparation can be found in the latest edition of MineSafe magazine.
  • Multi-directional load handling (0) January 3, 2008 P&H Mining Equipment has released a new series of line-up walking draglines.
  • Bench top particle analysis (0) January 3, 2008 JOHN Morris has released a high resolution laser particle sizer, with an optical measuring cell for increased sample resolution
  • Petroleum and gas changes for safety (0) January 3, 2008 CHANGES to Queensland’s petroleum and gas legislation with a view to improving safety and health issues for the industry are now in effect.
  • Keyhole processing (0) January 3, 2008 MINERALS processing equipment supplier Gekko Systems has released an automated modular plant designed to operate in a 5 m x 5 m tunnel and produce a high-grade concentrate for pumping ...
  • Dual bar-graph mount monitor (0) January 3, 2008 AMALGAMATED Instrument Company has released an upgraded dual bar-graph panel mount monitor, with two-32 segment bar-graphs
  • Technology journalist: work for Australian Mining (0) January 3, 2008 A FANTASTIC opportunity exists for a smart, energetic and enthusiastic journalism graduate to join a high energy, fast moving and decisive company.
  • Corrosion resistant flow sensors (0) January 3, 2008 GEORGE Fischer has released two electro-magnetic flow sensors with standard and hot tap configuration
  • Shovel shapes up (0) January 3, 2008 VR Steel has designed a rope shovel dipper with a unique shape that boosts filling capacity.
  • Lift your game on safety: minister (0) January 2, 2008 QUEENSLAND Mines and Energy Minister Geoff Wilson has told mining chiefs that as Queensland enters a new era in mining, they must do more to lift the safety standards on ...
  • Boom underpins top Queensland towns (0) January 2, 2008 NINE of the top 10 performing Queensland suburbs over the past year are located in or close to resource-rich areas, according to the Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ).
  • Study looks at Hope Downs expansion (0) January 2, 2008 THE Hope Downs Joint Venture (managed by Rio Tinto) has approved a feasibility study to expand the Hope Downs 4 project as part of the Rio Tinto program to reach ...
  • Sir Charles Court honoured (0) January 2, 2008 THE Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia (CME) has honoured the contribution of former Western Australian Premier, Sir Charles Court AK, KCMG, OBE who recently passed away.
  • The AusIMM honors high achievers (0) December 30, 2007 DR IAN Gould has been awarded the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy’s (AusIMM) highest honour, the Institute Medal for sustained service to the minerals sector
  • Towards high-fidelity modelling (0) December 29, 2007 In MINERAL processing operations, phenomena that strongly influence the overall outcome of the operation usually function over a very wide range of length scales.
  • Finding the flaw in the flow (0) December 28, 2007 RESEARCHERS using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) have identified a large recirculating vortex as the cause of performance variations in precipitation tanks being used at an alumina refinery.
  • In-depth insight to improve mill design (0) December 27, 2007 A NOVEL program used to model rocks in crushing and grinding mills is helping to improve the energy efficiency and processing capabilities of mills, and at the same time is ...
  • Retrofit lifts slurry tank performance (0) December 26, 2007 A TEAM of CSIRO researchers using a scaled-down model of an alumina slurry mixing tank have succeeded in improving tank productivity without increasing power consumption.
  • Modelling proves no mission is impossible (0) December 24, 2007 CHANGES spurred by advanced computer modelling work on its regenerator are saving BP Bulwer Island Refinery millions of dollars each year in operating costs. Belinda Humphries writes
  • Six support SXT project (0) December 23, 2007 PARKER Centre scientists are taking solvent extraction (SX) modelling work to the next level with a research project launched in May.
  • Crystal gazing brings potential (0) December 22, 2007 A MODELLING method that predicts crystal morphology and growth rates could create new processing possibilities for the minerals industry.
  • Zinifex confirms duress allegations (0) December 21, 2007 ZINIFEX has confirmed a claim from the Workplace Ombudsman alleging undue pressure to four contractors at the then Zinifex Hobart Smelter in 2005.
  • Agreement on NSW coal export plan (0) December 21, 2007 PORT Waratah Coal Services (PWCS) has agreed to an interim coal export plan that will see the so-called ‘Capacity Balancing Scheme’ (CBS) of 2007 extended through to 2008.
  • Onesteel says no to barge sharing (0) December 21, 2007 ONESTEEL Limited (OneSteel) has decided not to allow Western Plains Resources Ltd to use transhipment barges at the Port of Whyalla for export of its direct shipping iron ore (DSO) ...
  • WA group to tackle ICT skills shortage (0) December 21, 2007 THE WA Government has established a new committee to work on solutions to the skills shortage in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry in Western Australia.
  • Insight brings benefits (0) December 21, 2007 It might be physically impossible to peer inside an industrial mixer-settler and see what is going on, but the Parker CRC for Integrated Hydrometallurgy Solutions has developed tools that effectively ...
  • WA business welcomes talks on skills shortage (0) December 21, 2007 WA’s peak business and employer group, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of WA (CCI), has welcomed talks in the New Year to examine ways to alleviate the burden on ...
  • Designing an effective spare parts program (0) December 21, 2007 WHEN it comes to spare parts two things come to mind: the first one being is the site holding adequate stock levels, the second are they using genuine OEM spares.
  • Miners inhale toxic gases (0) December 21, 2007 ELEVEN miners have been taken to hospital after they were exposed to toxic gases at Fosterville gold mine, 20 km east of Bendigo.
  • Women in mining: more work needed (0) December 20, 2007 The goal of increasing women’s participation in the mining sector is increasingly moving onto the industry’s agenda
  • Kyoto signing opens doors, says law firm (0) December 20, 2007 IF they haven’t already done so, Australian businesses should begin examining buying and banking carbon credits to capitalise on the opportunities Australia’s signing of the Kyoto Protocol presents.
  • Get it right and reap the rewards (0) December 20, 2007 INVESTMENT in the minerals industry expanded by 93% over the past year reflecting positive expectations of continued strong global demand and high prices, according to the 2007 Minerals Council of ...
  • New Chief Inspector in Queensland (0) December 20, 2007 THE Queensland Government has appointed Gavin Taylor as the new Chief Inspector of Coal Mines.
  • Zinifex prosecuted for alleged AWA duress (0) December 20, 2007 ZINIFEX is being prosecuted by the workplace regulator in the Federal Court of Australia for allegedly applying duress to four workers.
  • Call to streamline approvals (20) December 20, 2007 STREAMLINING processes for obtaining regulatory approvals in Australia’s oil and gas sector is required, according to the Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association.
  • QME 2008 fully booked (0) December 20, 2007 MORE than six months out, the 2008 Queensland Mining and Engineering Exhibition (QME) in Mackay from July 22-24 – is fully booked, with companies wishing to exhibit now being placed ...
  • Inventory management solution wins (0) December 19, 2007 ONE of Australia’s most successful RFID applications, the ‘Suncat’ Inventory Management solution, has been recognised with a High Commendation in Information Management in the 2007 Australian Supply Chain & Logistics ...
  • What’s happening with commodities? (0) December 19, 2007 Stock market analyst Tom Scollon offers his insights into the price of important commodities and metals.
  • Safety Report: hazard in RC drilling incident (0) December 19, 2007 Exploration companies and drilling companies must review their RC drilling procedures to ensure that employees engaged in RC drilling operations are not exposed to the particular hazard posed by a ...
  • Failure of lifeline cable causing possible fall (0) December 19, 2007 THE Queensland Department of Mines & Energy has issued an alert following an incident at an underground metalliferous mine where a blast crew member’s retractable lifeline snapped while he was ...
  • Investment in mining expansion soars (0) December 19, 2007 INVESTMENT in the minerals industry expansion rocketed by 93% over the past year reflecting positive expectations of continued strong global demand and high prices.
  • World’s largest wheel loader debuts (0) December 19, 2007 THE world’s biggest front-end rubber-tyred loader has arrived. *Rod Lindblade writes
  • Karratha short-term housing ‘motel-like’ (0) December 18, 2007 CONSTRUCTION on a ‘motel-like’ facility for at least 1,400 people will begin next year in a bid to meet Karratha’s demand for short-term accommodation, particularly for building workers.
  • Compendium of Canadian mining suppliers (0) December 18, 2007 THE Canadian Association of Mining Equipment and Services (CAMESE) has released the 2007-08 CAMESE Compendium of Canadian Mining Suppliers.
  • Minerals Industry Survey report launched (0) December 18, 2007 THE Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has launched the 2007 Minerals Industry Survey report.
  • The AusIMM announces new CEO (0) December 18, 2007 THE Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (The AusIMM) has appointed its new Chief Executive Officer: Michael Catchpole.
  • Industry sheds light on Green innovation (0) December 18, 2007 A WORLD-FIRST project to capture greenhouse gas emissions and groundbreaking water conservation technology are amongst a startling list of initiatives that are progressively “greening” the State’s mining industry.
  • Lobby group takes out cinema ads (0) December 18, 2007 AN ENVIRONMENTAL lobby group has taken out a series of cinema advertisements against underground coal miners in the Southern Coalfields
  • Indigenous partnerships in Geraldton (0) December 18, 2007 MEMBERS of the Geraldton Iron Ore Alliance participated in Working in Partnership – The Mining Industry and Indigenous Community workshop in Geraldton in November, as part of the Alliance’s commitment ...
  • Atlas Iron joins Geraldton alliance (0) December 18, 2007 THE Geraldton Iron Ore Alliance (GIOA) was boosted during November with the addition of a new member, Atlas Iron, who have two projects within the Mid-West region.
  • Banded Iron Formation mining less than 1% (0) December 18, 2007 RECENT analysis undertaken by the Geraldton Iron Ore Alliance (GIOA) has revealed that less than 1% of the Mid West’s Banded Iron Formation (BIF) ranges will be mined under current ...