Miners compete for safety crown

Sunrise Dam has won the CMEWA’s Surface Mine Emergency Response Competition.

Sunrise Dam Emergency Response Team has won the Western Australia Chamber of Minerals and Energy (CME) annual Surface Mine Emergency Response Competition.

The competition was held on Sunday 3 May at the Australian Prospectors and Miners Hall of Fame.

Barrick Kanowna and Barrick Yilgarn II took out second and third place respectively.

CME spokesperson Matthew Payne told MINING DAILY the event was a huge success.

“A lot of experienced observers said the scenarios were the most realistic we have had in the history of the competition,” Payne said.

“We received a lot of positive feedback from the competing teams as well who said the whole competition was a worthwhile learning experience.”

With more than 1500 people in attendance, Payne said the event gave family and friends the opportunity to see their loved ones hard at work – a luxury not usually afforded to them.

“A lot of the training takes place at a mine site which is a closed environment. This is a good opportunity for family and friends to see how dedicated all of the participants are,” Payne said.

The lone NSW mining team, Barrick Cowal, won the rope rescue challenge.

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