Jerry Bailey

THIS week’s longwall larrikin has spent 25 years at the Ulan longwall in New South Wales, but while he says this is “somewhat of a feat” it is also a “testament of the stability the mine has had in the export market”.
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Jerry Bailey

Angie Tomlinson

Jerry Bailey began his mining life in 1980 as a cadet mine engineer. He worked as a machine man and miner driver for a number of years, obtained his third class ticket, moved onto production and maintenance on the longwall before becoming longwall co-ordinator.

In his spare time Jerry said he enjoyed “the usual testosterone charged activities and going bush every opportunity I can get”

ILN:What is your earliest mining memory?

JB: An introduction to a short handled shovel and told we would be spending some considerable time together.

ILN: What made you choose mining as a career?

JB: An opportunity to fill in time while awaiting entry into the NSW Police Force.

ILN: What was your favourite job in a coal mine?

JB: Pulling pillars.

ILN: Who, or what, has most influenced your mining career?

JB: Some of the earlier Mine Managers at Ulan, who all spoke of the future that Ulan had in the coal industry.

ILN: What do you consider your best mining achievement?

JB: Remaining relatively injury and incident free in the industry to this point.

ILN: What do you see as being the greatest mining development during your career?

JB: Automation and greater use of PLC technology.

ILN: Do you have any unfulfilled ambitions?

JB: A few but none concern mining

ILN: What was your most embarrassing moment in a coal mine?

JB: Too many to mention

ILN: What was your scariest time in a coal mine?

JB: Being on shift during the evacuation of the mine during the fire of August 1991.

ILN: What is your worst memory of coal mining?

JB: The fire.

ILN: Do you think that the day of the fully automated remotely operated face is near?

JB: Yes. As technology increases, mine workers will become technicians and will be in a role as observers and programmers to ensure the equipment continues to run efficiently.

ILN: What major improvements would you like to see on longwall operations?

JB: More work done in the control of “fly rock” from shearers.

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