Dendrobium takes out safety award honours

BHP Billiton’s Dendrobium mine in the Illawarra has taken out this year’s NSW safety innovation award for a device that ensures the safe control of roof bolter gripper jaws.
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Centennial Coal's Myuna colliery "Sky Hook"

Lou Caruana

Mine site employees proactively developed this new safety device to replace standard fittings with fit-for-purpose equipment to prevent potential injuries to hands and body.

The two-step safety device can be retrofitted to equipment to prevent premature activation of the jaws.

The highly commended and people’s choice category was awarded to Centennial Coal’s Myuna colliery for its “Sky Hook”

Developed by a group of mine workers, the cable hook eliminates manual handling injuries for the common and repetitive task of handling underground cables.

Innovations to manage risk, and improve health and safety at NSW mine sites have once again proved the state’s industry world class, NSW Minerals Council chief executive Stephen Galilee said.

Miners from the state’s Hunter, Illawarra and Western NSW regions took part in the Innovation Awards competition on offer at the annual NSW Mining Health and Safety Conference in the Hunter, attended by over 450 industry employees.

Galilee said that NSW Mining is a world class industry with world class NSW miners continuing to innovate, share ideas, and develop new ways to increase safety and manage risk.

“Our annual awards encourage the many talented people across our industry to identify health and safety improvements onsite and create innovative solutions,” Galilee said.

“It’s important to recognise our high achievers and share leading technology and techniques to manage risk and keep improving on our world class safety performance.”

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