Winners are grinners: mine rescue challenge

Zinifex Century Mine’s Emergency Response Team has placed second in the Queensland Resources Council's Queensland Mines Rescue Challenge, held at Townsville’s Dairy Farmers Stadium in June.

Zinifex Century Mine’s Emergency Response Team has placed second in the Queensland Resources Council’s Queensland Mines Rescue Challenge, held at Townsville’s Dairy Farmers Stadium in June.

The Queensland Mines Rescue Challenge is an annual competition that attracts mine rescue teams from mining and quarrying companies across Queensland.

Teams are presented with realistic emergency scenarios that could happen at or around a mine site.

They are judged on their proficiency at dealing with these situations.

The Zinifex Century Mine team won the Multi Casualty/ Vertical Rescue event (combination team with Crinan Mine) and placed second in Fire and Hazardous Chemicals, Road Accident, Confined Space and Fitness.

All entrants participated in unscored vehicle stabilisation and rope rescue technical skills workshops. Six members of the team from Lihir Gold in Papua New Guinea (the exotically named Fish, Jelly, Eagle, Dragon, Lionheart and Alligator) teamed up with three Zinifex Century Mine contestants and three from Ernest Henry Mine to form an international team for the rope rescue event.

After some last minute pidgin translation lessons, the international team quickly created professional rapport and placed third.

The Lihir Gold team was also awarded the Esprit de Corps Award. Crinum was in the top 3 for all these disciplines and also picked up Best Medic, Best Captain, and Best Technical.

Safety, Health and Environment manager John Milsom said Century has consistently performed well at the Queensland Mines Rescue Challenge, placing first (2006 and 2006), third (2007) and now second.

“We have a policy of training a wide range of employees in mine rescue skills.

This was reflected in the makeup of our Mine Rescue Competition team this year, and was praised by organisers. “The team was captained by Jeff Barber, who is an operator here in the pit.

Team members were Aaron Schmid, an operator; Quinton Nicholl, a welder; Dion Burgers, a rigger; Chris Agnew, a metallurgist; Anthony Crawford, a dispatch operator and Kevin Grundy, a fitter.

They were trained and managed by Jeremy Grace, a Site Emergency Technician.

“The management team at Century ensures that a diverse range of staff is available for rescue training.

As a remote operation, this serves our people best. We’re very proud of them and their commitment to safety.”

Kathryn Logan

Stakeholder Relations Officer

Zinifex Century Mine

07 4769 5589

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