- alcohol testing
- drug testing
- Fly in fly out
- Ian Macfarlane
- lung disease
- Minerals Council of Australia
- mine safety
- New South Wales
- NSW Resources Regulator
- Queensland safety
- Rio Tinto
- skin cancer
- Skin patrol
- South Australia
- Weir Minerals
- Western Australia
- Industry majors collaborate on mining automation guideline
Leading miners BHP, Teck Resources and Roy Hill have helped drive a project to develop a guideline for automation systems that could help to improve safety in the mining workplace.
- New taskforce to tackle biggest crisis since asbestosis
The Morrison Government is set to invest $5 million in response to the increasing cases of accelerated silicosis ahead of the federal election.
- Major miners aim to push safety performance to the next level
A Responsible Mining Index (RMI) report into the workplace culture of 30 mining majors has shown that while safety is a priority for the companies involved, there are still several areas that could be improved.
- Cobar underground fire leaves no injury
An agitator truck has caught fire in an underground metals mine in Cobar, causing 19 workers to retreat to refuge chambers while the fire was brought under control.
- Sandvik boosts safety with Newtrax buyout
Sandvik is set to boost its safety offering with the acquisition of Canadian tech company Newtrax.
- Workers to receive protections from workplace bullying, unfair pay
Workers are empowered to seek an order from the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission (WAIRC) to stop workplace bullying, according to the final report of the Ministerial Review of the state industrial systems.
- BHP mine sites affected by scarlet fever
Six cases of scarlet fever have been reported at two BHP iron ore mine sites in the Pilbara, Western Australia.
- Companies urged to conduct electricity safety tests
There is a perception among some companies that electrical system tests are unnecessary, disruptive and costly.
- Hummingbird Electronics takes the lead in machine safety solution
Innovation in the mining sector isn’t as simple as making a product and releasing it. It is conceived from an idea or an issue, developed to a product stage and marketed to a larger audience to build a business.
- Rio Tinto, Alcoa to build $198m environmental research and development facility
Rio Tinto has partnered with Alcoa to commercialise a breakthrough technology that will eliminate all direct greenhouse gases from the traditional aluminium smelting process by 2024.
- Immersive Technologies recognises Peabody, Codelco for business improvement
Codelco and Peabody’s use of simulation to improve operational safety and efficiency in their mine sites have crowned them the winners of Immersive Technologies’ Global Business Improvement Award 2018.
- Western Australia to receive new FIFO mental health code
In an Australian first, the Western Australian Government has launched a code of practice that focuses on promoting and maintaining mentally healthy workplaces for fly-in, fly-out workers in the resources sector.
- Queensland mining roads to receive over $730m in upgrades
North Queensland will benefit from a $730 investment on road upgrades that will help efficiently connect mining regions to transport hubs.
- Cyclone Veronica leads to operational issues for BHP, Rio Tinto
A cyclone that made landfall at the northwest coast of Western Australia over the March 23-24 weekend has caused shipping issues for Tier 1 miners such as BHP and Rio Tinto.
- Vale fails safety certification for 17 dams and dikes
Iron ore miner Vale said external auditors have refused to renew stability certificates for its 13 dams and four dikes in Brazil following another tailings dam collapse at its Brumadinho mine in Minas Gerais in January this year.
- Decline in miners’ lung function could indicate disease
Miners suffer from an increased decline in lung function every year compared to the general population, despite measured concentrates of dust and gases such as silica and diesel exhaust at below occupational standards.
- Rio Tinto, WA State Library improves literacy of 600,000 families
Rio Tinto and the State Library of Western Australia are recipients of the Western Australian Pinnacle Award for their 15-year partnership in improving literacy rates in the state.
- Improving conveyor safety by minimising dust exposure
Martin Engineering has stressed the requirement to control fugitive material associated with conveyors for improved safety and productivity.
- Cyclones lead to mining shutdowns in Australia’s north
Two powerful cyclones that hit the Australian coast over the weekend have resulted in several suspensions of mining operations and public evacuations.
- WA Government to close ex-mining town
The ex-mining town of Wittenoom, which inhabits a highly contaminated area filled with blue asbestos, is to finally be closed by the Western Australian Government.