The giant new dragline bucket at Macarthur Coal’s Coppabella Mine has been painted blue to raise awareness for men’s health and cancer.
The new look is an initiative to support Cancer Council Queensland’s Blue Challenges, to encourage men to be proactive in getting checked for cancer and discuss the issues.
Macarthur Coal’s dragline shovel maintenance planner, Noel Brookfield said it would be popular with workers and hopefully get men talking about early detection.
“This year we’ve made a real effort at the mine to help encourage our people to be more proactive about their health and live healthier and more active lifestyles,” he said.
“Men typically don’t talk about their health the way women do, so we needed to find a way to connect with them and to start the conversation.”
Cancer Council Queensland have commended Macarthur Coal and Coppabella Mine employees for their efforts, with Coppabella mine employees hoping to raise $500 for the Cancer Council Blue Challenge and Macarthur pitching another $2000.
Global Cranes has also pledged $1000 for cancer research, patient support services and education programs and Cancer Council Queensland regional fundraising co-ordinator Rebecca Pascoe said the support is important in ensuring men stay healthy.
“The Coppabella Mine team’s paint job on their new dragline bucket and their on-site healthy living initiatives will go a long way in reminding staff to discuss any concerns with their doctor and help to give our dads, brothers and sons working at the mine the best chance of preventing and detecting cancer early,” Pascoe said.