Best Contract Miner of the Year category

Atlas Copco is again sponsoring the Best Contract Miner of the Year Award.

Atlas Copco is again sponsoring the Best Contract Miner of the Year Award.

This category will recognise a contract miner’s ability to improve productivity and safety standards using new technology, innovative processes and techniques.

Entries and nominations should demonstrate how a mine contractor has provided functional support to mining projects in any of the following areas: resource development, plant, estimating, operational improvement, procurement, and mine planning.

2007 Winner

Avko Mining took home the Best Contract Miner of the Year award in 2007 after they developed an approach to innovation that encouraged employees across the company to submit innovative ideas to managers.

The consultative approach aimed to push the most innovative ideas through management to benefit contractor and client. Project, division, and operation managers are expected to follow ideas through to completion, providing the managing director with a proposal that includes budgets, forecasts, and market analysis. The managing director made decisions based on the opinions of his managers, and his own understanding of the business. An implementation plan was developed and a trial undertaken and monitored.

AVKO’s approach to innovation was evident in the development of a new contract system that was tailored for contract mining applications. While the system has been used in some other industries, it was not something that AVKO Mining, or their clients, had used before, or even considered.

2007 highly commended

Leighton Contractors was highly commended in the 2007 Prospect awards.

In February 2006, the company purchased the mining assets of Henry Walker Eltin (now operating as HWE mining), a large scale materials handling company that has been providing services since 1962.

HWE Mining operates at more than 20 mines sites in Australia and New zealand, adding to Leighton Contractors’ Mining capabilities in mining all resources for underground, surface mining, and minerals processing.

Operating at 21 minesites across Australia and New Zealand, and employing more than 3,000 people, Leighton Contractors’ Mining Division has achieved production and safety milestones including the crushing of 400 million tonnes of iron ore at Yandi.

The mine also achieved an all-time production record in June 2007, producing 155,000 tonnes of product.

The company poured its 10th tonne of gold at its Challenger operation, a significant achievement given the mine’s original life expectancy.

For information on entering this category, email or call Jessica on 02 9422 2909.

Entries close Friday 27 June.

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