Hon Rita Saffioti BBus MLA

Hon Rita Saffioti BBus MLA

Minister for Transport; Planning

    Safety under the spotlight for resources sector awards

    28/09/2017 8:00 AM
    • 13 finalists announced for 2017 Safety and Health Resources Sector Awards
    • The event celebrates innovations in engineering, systems and safety  

    The spotlight will be on safety and health in Western Australia's resources sector at the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety's Awards for Excellence ceremony on Thursday October 26, 2017.


    A total of 13 finalists have been chosen for the 2017 Safety and Health Resources Sector Awards, all have demonstrated a variety of ways workplaces can focus on personal safety and mental wellbeing.


    The awards recognise individuals, teams and companies that have developed a new initiative or an original solution to safety and health problems in the workplace.


    Key learnings from these projects can be shared with the broader industry and will promote better practices in the workplace.


    The awards will be presented along with the Community Partnership Resources Sector Award and the Golden Gecko Award for Environmental Excellence.


    For more information, visit http://www.dmp.wa.gov.au/safetyawards


    Comments attributed to Acting Mines and Petroleum Minister Rita Saffioti:


    "The McGowan Government is committed to working with industry to help reduce serious accidents and incidents, and support positive cultural changes in the workplace.


    "I applaud the finalists for challenging the status quo and placing their focus on their people. There is much to be learnt from these projects and the department is bringing them to the attention of the broader industry.


    "By industry and government working together, we can improve the health and safety of workers in WA and achieve the ultimate goal of zero harm."


    Minister's office - 6552 6700


    2017 Safety and Health Resources Sector Award finalists




    Enhancing Electrical Safety Through DrawingBox - Aurecon

    DrawingBox is a low-cost digital drawing and documentation access system for electrical assets which works with a client's existing information management system and provides them the information security they require.


    Drill of the Future - FORACO

    The Drill of the Future is the most advanced reverse circulation drill on the global exploration market. The system enables the driller to operate the rig from more than eight metres' distance, providing a much safer and comfortable work environment.


    Elimination of excess temperature and high-risk levels of Legionella bacteria in eyewash safety showers - Heat Trap Solar  

    The Heat Trap chillers provide simple and cost effective management of excess temperature and high-risk levels of Legionella bacteria in eyewash safety showers for retrofit as well as new applications.


    Improving the Safety and Reliability of Distribution Power Lines - Rio Tinto

    The Acoustic inspection technology has delivered significant safety improvements through a reduction in working at heights and heat distress exposure, while also demonstrating a dramatic improvement in distribution power line reliability.


    Rail Mounted Working at Heights Platforms - Rio Tinto

    A rail mounted work platform that eliminates the working at heights risk associated with performing belt maintenance on yard conveyors.


    Safescape Edge Protector - Safescape

    The Safescape Edge Protector is a system for improved edge protection in open pit mines. The structure is designed to enable pit haul roads to be narrower while retaining the same or better safety characteristics.


    Safety Representatives


    The Safety Barometer - Fortescue Metals Group

    The Safety Barometer is about understanding the impact attitude and distraction can have on safety and provides a tool to target the way people are feeling in the workplace.


    Scenario based learning - Fortescue Metals Group

    Scenario based learning is a way of leading crews, over time, to become more adept at recognising changes that increase exposure to harm.


    Systems and People


    Innovative technology to manage onsite inductions - Aglime of Australia

    Aglime designed, configured, developed and installed an induction app that is transferable across industry regardless of the scale of mining operations.


    Onsite - Suicide Ideation Management - Fortescue Metals Group

    Fortescue, with the assistance of CentreCare Corporate, has formulated an approach to ensure the safety and wellbeing of an employee or contractor who has reported suicidal thoughts while on a Fortescue site.


    Iluka Resources Winston Partnership - Iluka Resources (South West Operations)

    The partnership between Iluka, Dardanup farmers Peter and Judy Milton, and a steer named Winston has delivered an innovative and unique approach to raising awareness of mental health issues within the workforce, the resources industry and the wider community.


    Unmanned Aerial System for Abandoned Pit Lake Sampling at Tallering Peak - Mount Gibson Mining

    Using a water sample container mounted beneath the helicopter drone to collect pit lake surface water samples from an abandoned pit, this innovative sampling technique has removed field technicians from the high risks posed by unstable geological units.


    Critical Risk Management - Fatality Elimination Program - Rio Tinto

    A verification system that provides real-time knowledge of critical-control effectiveness and is the centrepiece of a broader cultural change program designed to create a change in safety performance and make zero fatalities a reality.