Innovation results in greater safety

The self-locking Heavy Equipment Jack, designed by the engineering and maintenance teams at Mt Thorley Warkworth Coal Mine, has won the 2008 NSW Minerals Council Safety Innovation Award.

The self-locking Heavy Equipment Jack, designed by the engineering and maintenance teams at Mt Thorley Warkworth Coal Mine, has won the 2008 NSW Minerals Council Safety Innovation Award.

The device was designed to remove workers from the risks of standing under a heavy suspended load to put in place support stands, required when using conventional jacks or hydraulic systems.

NSW Minerals Council CEO Dr Nikki Williams said the device showed how lateral thinking could drive world wide innovation.

“Given that is impossible to remove the existence of hazardous suspended loads, this device removes workers from the vicinity of the hazard while still completing the task at hand,” Williams said.

Austar Mines world-first positive pressure chamber, which eliminates the fatal risk of spontaneous combustion in underground mines, was Highly Commended on the night.

The People’s Choice award, voted by conference delegates, went to Centennial Coal’s vent sliding door, which has helped eliminate injuries and near misses caused by the difficulty of opening hinged doors when they are under high pressure.

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