Broadmeadow miner wins big

One of BMA's Broadmeadow coal mine employees has taken out first place in the 2008 Peter Dent Simtars Gas Chromatographer of Year award.

One of BMA’s Broadmeadow coal mine employees has taken out first place in the 2008 Peter Dent Simtars Gas Chromatographer of Year award.

The award, which comes in the form of a perpetual trophy, was established three years ago by Simtars, to recognise and acknowledge the special skills of mine site gas chromatograph operators.

Brent Stewart, took home the winner’s trophy while David Caley from Rio Tinto’s Kestrel coal mine at Emerald took out second place.

Brent Stewart, who has been a gas chromatographer for the past 2.5 years, was one of 15 entrants.

Department of Mines and Energy Executive Director Safety and Health Stewart Bell said the award is open to all mines participating in Simtars’ network of Camgas mine gas monitoring systems.

“The analysis of gas samples from underground coal mines is vital, as correct results are critical for accurate assessment of the status of the underground mine environment,” Bell said.

“In an emergency situation, many decisions, including those that affect life and limb are based on information from the gas monitoring system.”

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