Newcrest’s Cadia site reports injury rate drop

Newcrest Mining has successfully completed remediation works at its Cadia gold operation in New South Wales following a seismic event last year.

According to the company’s December quarterly report, remediation of Panel Cave 2 East was successfully completed in the period, allowing the mine to ramp back up to full production.

The site also recorded a decrease in its Total Recordable Injury Frequency Rate (TRIFR), with 6.7 recordable injuries per million hours.

“Safety leadership supported by NewSafe and the Critical Control Management (CCM) program has been an ongoing focus at Cadia throughout the December 2021 quarter to improve injury rates and safety performance,” Newcrest stated in the report.

In July last year, Newcrest reported no injuries after a localised seismic event occurred at the Cadia gold operation in New South Wales.

The company confirmed all personnel working in the area where the seismic event occurred were safe and accounted for.

It occurred at around 4am on July 2 at the eastern end of Panel Cave 2.

During December last year, Newcrest and original equipment manufacturer Epiroc collaborated in converting Panel Cave 1 at the Cadia East gold mine into a semi-autonomous integrated production level, with safety and productivity at the heart of the project.

Several successful stages led to the completion of the ST18 automated loader project, as Newcrest looks to automate more of its Cadia operations.

In December, Cadia general manager Aaron Brannigan said Epiroc had been pivotal in supporting his workforce through the transformation.

“Innovation and technology is the way of the future and the mining industry is no exception,” Brannigan said.

“We see automation as the future of our Cadia East underground mine and through our industry partnership with Epiroc, we are already achieving milestones that will support this aspiration.”

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