Health, Safety, Environment and Community Conference 2017 Excellence Awards - Finalists

July 13, 2017

The 2017 NSW Minerals Council Health, Safety, Environment and Community Conference Excellence Awards Finalists have been announced. 
Each finalist has been acknowledged for their innovation and excellence in ‘workers health’, ‘mine safety’, ‘environmental sustainability’ or ‘community engagement’
“Our awards entrants were all of a very high calibre, demonstrating mining’s commitment to innovative approaches to solving problems and the pursuit of excellence,” NSW Minerals Council CEO Stephen Galilee said today.
“These awards are an important part of our industry’s continuous improvement and will deliver better outcomes for our workforce and local communities. Congratulations to all of our awards finalists for 2017.”


Finalists - Health Excellence 

Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group (NCIG)
NCIG Bounce Program

In 2012 NCIG introduced a Health and Wellbeing Program titled Bounce, with the goal to positively impact upon the health and welfare of NCIG employees, contractors and their families. The goal of the program is to assist management of safety risk together with overall productivity of the NCIG workforce.
Critical to the program are health initiatives based upon ongoing identified workforce health risks and needs. The Bounce program is themed annually on the basis of the outcomes of assessment processes with previous focus being on weight loss, improvement to BMI, increasing functioning movement, improved nutrition and increasing fitness and movement.

Coal & Allied and Coal Services Health
Seat Weight Limit Project 
Coal & Allied identified that some miners at their Hunter Valley operations exceeded maximum weight ratings of mobile equipment seats, potentially exposing them to greater risk of acute and chronic back injuries. Coal & Allied in conjunction with Coal Services Health implemented a strategy to address this issue in a considerate and sensitive manner.                  
A site based weight management programme achieved success in working with miners and their families to lose weight, improve lifestyle habits and reduce the risk of injury while at work.


Finalists - Safety Excellence 

Evolution - Cowal Gold Mine
Project Arrive Alive
In 2016 Cowal Gold Mine identified two incidents were caused by micro sleeps. It was identified in the investigation process that there were a number of employees who had a commute that prevented them from being able to have at least 8 hours sleep between shifts. This was causing fatigue and in numerous cases stress. It was identified that a number of past incidents may have been associated with fatigue.
During Project Arrive Alive a number of changes were implemented, including a maximum of 14 hours door to door, mandatory use of buses where buses operated, fatigue education, sleep and fatigue management by the use of technology (Matecheck) and psychological training to help employees understand the long term issues with fatigue. Employees now feel that fatigue is being well managed.
Centennial Coal - Myuna Colliery
Myuna Save Our Cables Program
The Myuna Save Our Cables Program is a cable management system that designed to reduce cable damage and improve safety culture throughout the mine. Elements include:
A slogan competition was held to engage with the workforce and encourage participation;
The mine’s cable management plan was reviewed and the key areas of focus were summarised onto a pictorial display; 
The entire workforce went through a training and assessment program on the cable management program;
A post-shift cable damage investigation process was implemented;
At the start of shift, the shift undermanager addresses the entire shift on any cable damage that occurred in the past 24 hours.
Following the implementation of the program, monthly cable damaged was reduced by 63% and injuries associated with cable handling have reduced significantly. 


Finalists - Environment Excellence 

Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group
NCIG Offset Delivery
Since 2012, Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group has progressively implemented its Compensatory Habitat and Ecological Monitoring Program (CHEMP). The program has focussed on conservation and offset measures for the endangered Green and Golden Bell Frog (Litoria aurea) as well as numerous species of migratory shorebirds, which are protected under international and federal environmental laws. The program has worked to restore degraded land and areas previously occupied by Endangered Ecological Communities (EECs) to sites of high biodiversity value all within a National Park. 
Peabody Energy Australia
Current Rehabilitation Practices at Wilpinjong Coal Mine
Peabody’s Wilpinjong mine is located 40km east of Mudgee and just six years old. Even though the mine is still young, over 300 hectares of completed landforms have already been rehabilitated. 
What sets the program apart from more conventional rehabilitation projects is the establishment of an internal Operational Support Team (OST) integrated within the mining process to undertake rehabilitation activities using green manure crops and microbes to improve the soil resource. Through this approach, Wilpinjong has achieved progressive rehabilitation with reduced operational and mine closure risks and decreased costs. 


Finalists - Community Excellence 

Rio Tinto Coal & Allied
Enterprise Facilitation
Coal and Allied’s Enterprise Facilitation program was established in 2015 in response to economic impacts of the mining downturn, need for economic diversification in the Upper Hunter region and as a way of helping the local community.
The program is a partnership with the Sirolli Institute, and employs an Enterprise Facilitator (EF) within Coal and Allied’s Environment & Community team. Trained by the Sirolli Institute the EF’s role is to provide free advice to assist local entrepreneurs, business owners and community groups to establish, strengthen or expand local businesses and social enterprises. This work is supported by a network of volunteers with experience/networks across various business disciplines. 
To date the EF has attracted more than 100 clients at various stages in the business cycle in the Singleton, Muswellbrook and Upper Hunter region. At least a dozen new businesses have commenced operation and a number of Social Enterprises have also been assisted.

Evolution Mining, Cowal Gold Operation (Cowal)
Project Bridge
Cowal and the Wiradjuri Condobolin Corporation (WCC), who represent the Traditional Owners of the land on which Cowal is located, have enjoyed a strong working relationship for many years. Evolution and the WCC initiated a collaborative partnership between Evolution, the WCC and key Evolution supply partners: SRG, Maxam, BK Hire, Boart Longyear, Milbrae and BP Australia to maximise education and employment outcomes for local Wiradjuri people and the Central West community.
Project Bridge is only in its early days but has already resulted in 9 Wiradjuri people completing a Job Ready Training program, with 3 of those graduates receiving employment offers. A careers day has also been held for 108 regional students, providing information to help their career decisions. Project Bridge members are committed to continuing to work together in the months and years ahead to build on the initial successes and deliver even greater outcomes.

Contact: Harry Stutchbury | | 0409 758 734 | 02 9274 1419

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