Downer donates sales dollars to mining charity

Downer EDI has announced that all royalties from the sale of its Remote Grease Pressure Release System will be donated to A Miner's Legacy, a not-for-profit foundation that provides support and assistance to families of mine workers involved in fatal mine accidents.

The Remote Grease Pressure Release System, designed to eliminate the risk of high-pressure grease injection injuries, was developed in conjunction with Australian Diversified Engineering Pty Ltd (ADE).

The solution was engineered so it can be quickly activated using a garage-door-style remote control mechanism to release the pressure building in a blocked grease gun in both hydraulically and pneumatically operated grease systems.

The impact of the Remote Grease Pressure Release System was recognised by the resources industry at last year’s Queensland Mining Industry Health and Safety Conference, when this potentially life-saving invention was awarded Highly Commended in the conference’s Innovation Awards.

Downer’s Executive General Manager – Plant, Peter Connor, said donating Downer’s royalties to A Miner’s Legacy aligned perfectly with Downer’s commitment to promoting Zero Harm in the mining industry.

“Rather than profiting from a system that will make working on site safer, we are happy to donate our royalties to A Miner’s Legacy to help them continue to spread the word that there is nothing more important than going home unharmed to your loved ones at the end of your shift,” Connor said.

A Miner’s Legacy Co-founder, Mark Parcell, welcomed the initiative.

“Not only is it a solution to a significant hazard, it is now commercially available and the profits help benefit people who really need the support," he said.

"A Miner’s Legacy appreciates the generous donation from Downer but, more importantly, acknowledges the commitment that Downer is making to provide a safe workplace for its employees."

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