Productivity and safety records after Moranbah Nth restructure

A SIGNIFICANT operational restructure at Anglo American’s Moranbah North longwall mine in 2012 helped take the mine’s production output to the highest in its history, with the best safety results ever seen, Anglo American executive head of underground operations Glen Britton said.
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Anglo American general manager of Moranbah North mine Craig Manz and its head of underground operations Glen Britton

Lou Caruana

The mine’s current Total Recordable Injury Frequency Rate was significantly below industry average, while eight years Lost Time Injury Free (LTI) at the mine’s Coal Handling Plant and five years LTI free at the warehouse had been achieved through initiatives that have built resilience in safety, he said.

“What has been truly remarkable is how the mine has continued to improve on this safety performance and underground and surface standards to achieve excellence in production output and industry leading innovation,” Britton said.

Key safety and productivity innovations included a specifically designed shotcrete for strata support and reduced gas rib emissions, and the introduction of an “Underground Intrinsically Safe Tablet” allowing full time access to safety management systems, engineering drawings, real time monitoring of equipment and Target Action Response Plans being immediately initiated upon a change in data points.

Moranbah North general manager Craig Manz said the mine has continued to lead the way in innovation and technology and achieve world leading best practice longwall performance.

“I thank the entire Moranbah workforce for their unwavering commitment to helping us achieve this ongoing success.”

Moranbah North mine became the first mine in Australia to be named Coal Mine of the Year for a third time after taking out the award at the 12th annual Australian Mining Prospect Awards.

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