SA wind technology to enhance mine safety

The Spinflector

New South Australian technology is being developed to enhance visibility and worker safety on mining and construction sites.

The ‘Spinflector’, developed by Trampas Cutler in Port Lincoln, cleans reflectors on 50mm PCV delineator posts. It has a range of brushes to clean off the dirt and grime, with the brushes powered by a built-in wind vane.

They have been trialled at an iron ore mine over the last five months without incident.

Cutler said at most mines, workers constantly have to travel along major roads to manually clean the reflectors, minimising productivity and creating a safety hazard.

“It’s an endless job as the reflectors get dirtied with grime over and over again,” he said.

“That interrupts production because they have to put signage in place, they have to have clear radio communications with the trucks to tell them to slow down when they drive past and the massive safety issue of them being run over by a machine.”

Cuttler said in order to be effective, it only needed to rotate about six times in two days to remove a layer of dust.

He also emphasised its importance particularly at night.

“On a mine site you’ve obviously got no streetlights so apart from the machine’s headlights it’s completely black, which can be quite daunting for new operators,” he said.

Cutler went on to say that they did not need to be used on every post.

“The delineators are anywhere between 25 metres and 50m apart so on busy intersections it would be good to have it on every post but on a long-haul road you could probably get away with having it on every third or fifth post.”

The Spinflector is set to be sold commercially by the end of the year and will be taken to mining trade shows next year.

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