A modification to drilling equipment, a new method of removing oil filter housings, and a lifting jig for bearings, have received accolades from judges in the 2008 Chamber of Minerals & Energy (CME) Safety and Health Innovation Awards, announced recently at CME’s annual Occupational Safety and Health Conference.
Now in its fourth year, the CME Safety & Health Innovation Awards recognise creativity and ingenuity in the workplace, aiming to promote their application across the WA minerals and resources industry.
A total of 32 submissions were received from across WA in the 2008 Innovation Awards, ranging from engineering enhancements to behavioural safety programs and safety tools.
The overall award winner was HWE Mining, for its Burn Out Saver Sub, a modification providing a positive coupling and a safe, low energy decoupling of drill string components.
Alcoa World Alumina Australia received both the Highly Commended and Commended awards for the modified Hydraulic Steering Filter Housing and the Bearing Lifting Jig.
All of those people making submissions for the awards should be congratulated according to CME Chief Executive, Reg Howard-Smith.
“Through their participation in the CME Safety and Health Innovation Awards, individuals and work teams are demonstrating a proactive approach to making tasks safer,” he said.
“They are recognising potentially hazardous situations, and adopting strategies to minimise or eliminate the hazards,” he explained.
“The CME Safety and Health Innovation Awards facilitate sharing good safety ideas throughout the resources sector,” Howard-Smith said.