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Anglo American safety innovations shine at mining safety awards

Safety innovations designed and implemented by Anglo American’s Grosvenor and Moranbah North mines have been recognised as two of the ten finalists at the QLD Mining Industry Safety and Health Conference Innovation Awards held in Townsville on Tuesday 18 August.

Grosvenor’s Shutter Car Cable Reel Interlock Valve, which was developed by Grosvenor’s Development Team led by Mechanical Coordinator Brett Allgood, took out the ‘highly commended’ award for its industry-leading design.

Anglo American Grosvenor Engineering and Maintenance Manager Tim Reeves said the innovation prevents shuttle car cable damage and failure caused by the car running over the cable, which can result in an arch flash in a potentially flammable gas rich environment.

“This was a known hazard when operating shuttle cars in development panels of underground coal mines,” Mr Reeves said.

“An engineering control to prevent the cable damage occurring and to remove the arch flash hazard was implemented on one of the shuttle cars in the mine fleet.

“This incorporated a hydraulic manifold that uses the pressure from the cable reel to the pilot valve.”

Moranbah North’s Pulley String Catcher, also a finalist entry in the awards, was designed to prevent bearing failure occurring as a result of the build-up of string around the pulley shaft and migrating into the labyrinth seal due to failure modes on the loop take up pulleys on the longwall panel belt.

Anglo American Outbye Mechanical Coordinator Ben Hibberd said bearing failure had the potential to cause fires, while increasing the risks to personnel given the difficulty of inspecting the pulley, removing the string or changing the conveyor pulley.

 “The innovation includes a pulley block designed to allow for safe and effective visual inspection and an attached barrier device to capture any string that may be dangling from a damaged belt.”

“The Pulley String Catcher reduces bearing failures, allows for non-invasive monitoring, and reduces the exposure to an unacceptable level of risk.”

Anglo American Head of Safety Mike Oswell congratulated the Grosvenor and Moranbah North teams who were involved in the development and implementation of the innovations.

 “The QLD Mining Industry Safety and Health Conference is one of the largest health and safety conferences in Australia and the awards recognise the most creative and practical solutions to health and safety issues,” Mike said.

“It’s not only the innovation that’s important, it’s the desire and drive of our people to do things better and eliminate hazards proactively on an ongoing basis that is the key to safety improvement.”

Pictured: Director of Safety Peabody Energy Australia Greg Ward presents Tim Reeves with the Highly Commended Award



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