Anglo to fund $2M QMRS emergency winder

ANGLO American will wholly fund the purchase of a critical piece of mines rescue equipment for use across the Queensland mining industry.
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Anglo American coal business CEO Tyler Mitchelson.

The funding commitment of more than $2 million will enable the Queensland Mines Rescue Service to purchase the first mobile truck-mounted emergency egress system - known as a winder - in Queensland, to assist rescue crews in the event that miners are trapped underground.

Anglo American's Metallurgical Coal business CEO Tyler Mitchelson said the company was proud to be working with the QMRS to deliver meaningful safety improvements for the industry.

 "The QMRS provides leading edge emergency response capability within our mining industry, so it's crucial that we arm them with the resources they may need to undertake potentially life-saving work," he said.

"As the largest underground coal miner in Australia, we understand how important it is to have this type of equipment available in case of an emergency.

"We are making a significant investment in this critical piece of mines rescue equipment, not just for the safety of our own people, but for all of those who work in the Queensland mining industry."

QMRS CEO David Carey said he welcomed Anglo American's commitment and support in funding QMRS' purchase of a truck-mounted emergency winder for use in Queensland underground rescues.

"While we hope we never need to use it, this life-saving equipment will likely form part of the emergency response plan for every mine site in Queensland," he said.

"It's a significant donation that will improve emergency response capabilities across the entire Queensland mining industry, and we extend our sincere thanks to Anglo American," he said.

 Anglo American and QMRS will work together to undertake a detailed scoping and tender process ahead of the equipment purchase.

Mitchelson said safety was the "most important thing" in the mining industry.

The company is one of the sponsors of the Queensland Mining Industry Safety and Health Conference at the Gold Coast.

"I think the conference is a great opportunity to share ideas," he said.

"Safety is a core value for Anglo American and we are playing an active role in industry and government discussions around safety in Queensland mining industry.

"We have now completed more than 50 safety reset sessions across all our sites, with more than 5300 people taking part.

"This is our entire workforce, apart from people who were on leave or absent over the period they were held, and we will ensure that these people also have the opportunity to participate at a later date."