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CENTANNIAL Coal Myuna has won the NSW Minerals Council Mine Safety Innovation of the Year Award.

The award recognised new technology designed to eliminate the risk of injury from roof collapse in longwall minin.

The ‘Hydraulic Advancing Temporary Support’ (HATS) System was developed so that mineworkers are no longer exposed to unsupported roof areas during Continuous Miner maintenance or breakdown repairs, one of the greatest physical hazards associated with underground mining.

“We would like to thank Centennial for their support and ongoing commitment to their workforce,” Centennial Myuna mine operator, Bill Grundy said.

Xstrata Coal’s Beltana mine received the Highly Commended Award for the development of a Shuttle Car Tyre Handler, while Xstrata United Collieries won the Commended Award.

The NSW Minerals Council hosted the 2007 NSW Minerals Industry Occupational Health and Safety Conference where the winners of the Mine Safety Innovation of the Year Award were announced.

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