Ernest Henry set new safety records

Xstrata’s Ernest Henry mine has set a new record safety achievement in the first half of 2010.

In its latest sustainability report, the miner stated "after achieving nearly 1.5 million man hours recordable injury free in the first half of 2010 (a record achievement), EHM recorded a number of medical treatment injuries and one lost time injury,” according to the North West Star.

“However, despite the high level of project activity, transitioning to underground mining and a doubling of our workforce, we remained on track and achieved most of our 2010 safety targets."

It went on to say that production increased by 75% for the year due to higher grades from the pit.

Gold also skyrocketed by 92% in 2010, compared to 2009, due to improved feed grades.

The miner recently announced the opening of its magnetite concentrates plant, making it the first in Queensland to export the metal.

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