Qld celebrates excellence in mining health and safety awards

  • Posted 25 August, 2022
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Wednesday, 24 August 2022

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A Central Queensland mine site has taken out top honours at tonight’s prestigious Queensland Mining Industry Health and Safety Conference (QMIHSC) Health and Innovation Awards gala on the Gold Coast.

Anglo American Dawson Mine was named the winner of the Innovation Award category at the largest health and safety conference of its kind in the southern hemisphere for their ‘Workshop Wheel Chock’ creation.

QMIHSC 2022 Chair Peter Newman said Anglo American’s innovation creates a safer and simpler way of working on mining trucks in workshops, while significantly reducing the potential for fatalities and injuries.

“Their solution moves the dial on safety in mine workshops by introducing a hard engineering control to remove the risk of unsafe wheel chock ejection,” Mr Newman said.

The Dawson Mine Maintenance team also caught the attention of the passionate industry conference delegates, taking home the People Choice Award too.

The QMIHSC Health and Innovation Awards was developed to recognise creative and practical solutions in the health and safety space to promote their application across the state’s resources industry.

Kestrel Coal Resources were announced as the winner of the Health Awards category for their 2022 Lifestyle Challenge.

Mr Newman commended Kestrel for their commitment to culture improvements and healthy lifestyle changes at their operation through the wellbeing initiative.

“A safe and high performing workforce is one that is healthy and happy in their workplace,” Mr Newman said.

“The workforce behind Queensland’s mining industry, in particular many fly in fly out (FIFO)or Drive in Drive Out (DIDO)workers, work long and physically exhausting shifts, away from the support of their families.”

“Kestrel’s initiative is an outstanding example of caring for the workforce and their health,

“Queensland’s mining sector has a long list of global leading ideas to be proud of and  conference attendees should be encouraging collaboration across the sector and beyond.

“For many decades resources businesses have been growing a culture in which innovation is the norm, and rather than being cast aside, the sector should be looked upon for inspiration,

“May we long honour our pick and shovel past and relish the continuous improvement in health and safety due to business-driven innovation now and into the future.”


Award winners and finalists:  

Innovation Awards

Overall Winner: Anglo American Dawson Mine’s ‘Workshop Wheel Chock’

People’s Choice Winner: Anglo American Dawson Mine’s ‘Workshop Wheel Chock’

Highly Commended: Fitzroy Australia Resources Carborough Downs Coal Mine’s The Gracey Spray

Finalists: CDMI Australia’s Illuminated Guidance System for Day and Night; BHPMitsubishi Alliance (BMA) Hay Point Terminal’s Parted Mooring Line Snapback Protection Barrier; and Sojitz Blue’s Magnetic Base Hydraulic Cylinder Adapter


Health Awards

Overall Winner: Kestrel Coal Resources’ 2022 Lifestyle Challenge

Highly Commended: Redpath Australia’s Strength in Numbers – Mental Health and Wellbeing


Media contact: Ellie Blumel – [email protected] or 0448 122 948


The Queensland Mining Industry Health and Safety Conference is an initiative to promote health and safety in the Queensland mining industry. The four-day conference provides the industry with the opportunity to exchange information, network and foster proactive health and safety management techniques.

The conference boasts a full program of topical sessions, workshops, award presentations and a gala dinner and attracts a wide range of presenters willing to share their knowledge, expertise and insights into important health and safety matters in our industry.

Thank you to Anglo American (Principal Sponsor), Glencore, uvex Safety ANZ, Yancoal, Peabody Australia, Simtars, Komatsu, Mining and Energy Union Queensland and the many other sponsors and exhibitors who support the conference.