Andrew Cripps puts mining safety first

The Australian Mining team has dusted off their little black books and pulled out the big guns for this year’s safety conference.

Taking our knowledge and expert contacts on the road to bring our readers a first class event specifically aimed at providing both information and new safety developments that are essential for every mining site.

The one day event, scheduled for May 1 in Brisbane is jammed packed with an industry honour roll of speakers.

With a special appearance from Queensland mining minister Andrew Cripps to start off the day, it is shaping up to be one of the key events on the 2013 mining calendar.

The QLD mines safety inspectorate director Stewart Bell will also be presenting an industry overview which will discuss greentape, increasing workplace safety and even touching on the risks and rewards of uranium mining.

Bell recently led the Royal Commission’s investigation into the 2010 New Zealand Pike River mine disaster where twenty-nine men died in a gas explosion.

Bringing science to safety is CSIRO’s mining research team leader Jock Cunningham who will be exploring technological developments in mine safety, highlighting both trends and mistakes, discussing opportunities and the need for industry standards as well as forging a plan for the future which addresses current safety challenges and the role automation and mobile technologies plays in mitigating risks.

Acknowledging that safety begins with the individual is half the battle for mitigating site risks; this includes managing employee’s mental health.

Dr Jennifer Bowers, CEO of the Australian Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health will be presenting on the common mental health issues that affect the mining sector. She will also be scoping out the size and impact of the problem and provide solutions for workforces dealing with mental health concerns.

On top of all this there will be specific sessions covering FIFO and DIDO fatigue, social implications and performance issues as well as drilling and blasting safety, underground mining safety and vehicle safety.

The comprehensive 2013 Australian Mining Safety Conference will also include Q&A sessions, plenty of real life case studies and the opportunity to network with your peers, industry experts and the Australian Mining team.

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