BMA Coal takes out safety gong

BMA Coals Gregory Crinum Mine has won the 2009 Queensland Mining Industry Health and Safety Innovations Award.

BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) Coal’s Gregory Crinum Mine was last night recognised with the 2009 Queensland Mining Industry Health and Safety Innovations Award for a safety guard designed to prevent falls onto exposed longwall conveyor belts.

Over 44 entrants submitted nominations for the awards, which were held as part of the Queensland Mining Industry Health and Safety Conference in Townsville.

The State’s Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy Stephen Robertson was on hand to present the awards.

In a statement, conference co-organiser the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) said BMA’s Saraji Mine had won the People’s Choice Award for its feeder blockage removal device.

The device enables blockages under coal stockpile feeders to be cleared remotely, taking workers out of harm’s way, the organisation said.

Anglo Coal Australia’s Dawson Mine received a highly commended award for a work platform that provides better access to the CAT 797 haul truck.

This enables maintenance to be carried out more safely, the QRC said,

New Hope Coal’s West Moreton Project had two finalists, one for a remote emergency shutdown system for hydraulic excavators and the other for a water reserve for fire fighting appliances.

BMA’s Goonyella Riverside Mine made the finals for its dipper trip system improvement project, while Rio Tinto Alcan’s apron feeder locking tool and MMG Century’s joystick test module were also considered.

The other finalists included Xstrata’s hydraulic semi-automatic chain control system and Sam Lichos’ AURT572593A procedure for detecting brake faults in mine vehicles.

The conference concludes today.