In continuing with the desire from industry to share in key learnings from site-related incidents and following on from the themes of previous conferences, this session will be an open forum from people (within the industry) who will be talking about key issues and challenges faced at times on their site.
This session will be a grass roots session without “spin”. A simple presentation outlining what occurred and what changes have been implemented to ensure that things are being done differently. It is for you to consider the relevance to your site and determine if you have a similar exposure, and the controls in place to reasonably preclude a similar event.
Facilitator: Damien Wynn, General Manager and Senior Site Executive, AngloAmerican – Grasstree Mine
Sharing their Experiences:
Grader Fatality Incident and Tree Felling Multiple Injury Incident
Paul Stephan, General Manager and SSE, Anglo American Moranbah North Mine
North Goonyella Spontaneous Combustion Event
Peter Baker, Senior Vice President, Underground Operations, Peabody Australia
Drill Rig Incident at Bulgar Open Cut, New South Wales
Jeff Kelly, Operations Manager, Glencore
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- Post explosion atmosphere monitoring:– An industry study into available, low powered, sensors were conducted. The study was to identify commercially available equipment to sample the mine atmosphere post an underground incident.
- Ultra-resilient communication system:– An investigation was undertaken into the feasibility of components for a robust and resilient mine communication network. The network must survive an underground incident and be able to transmit information in and out of an underground mine environment.
- Blast protection (or blast resilience):– The blast protection was evaluated through subjecting different shapes of enclosures to actual blasts, in an explosion propagation tube.
- Navigational aids:– A series of test were undertaken to determine the suitability of using visible light, infra-red as well as radar to aid in self rescue. All test were undertaken in a “dusty”, or low-visibility, environment.
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