Fortescue creates original safety systems across iron ore sites

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Fortescue Metals Group’s maintenance team has developed an innovative system for dump truck servicing at the Cloudbreak iron ore operations in Western Australia.

The maintenance team has developed a ‘push in’ handrail, a safer system that addresses the risk of working at heights when accessing certain areas of the 789C and 789D model dump trucks.

“Fortescue encourages a culture to continually challenge the way our teams work, to create change and find practical alternatives to improve safety in every day work tasks,” Fortescue’s maintenance manager at Cloudbreak Graham Howard said.

At Christmas Creek mine, employees have developed an air tool through the ‘Participate to Eliminate’ initiative, which encourages team members to submit safety ideas.

This air tool removes the potential for injury when replacing teeth on ancillary mobile plant buckets.

“The level of involvement we have seen from this program has been exceptional and it demonstrates that our teams are safety focused,” Fortescue general manager at Christmas Creek Jim Herring said.

In addition, Fortescue has worked with its contracting partner, Rema Tip Top, in completing 30,000 replacements of conveyor rollers injury free, which historically had a high potential to cause hand injuries.

“By working together, we are continuing to progress towards our goal of becoming global leaders in safety,” The company stated.