Finalists for the 2017 Safety and Health Resources Sector Awards

The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety Awards for Excellence Ceremony will be held on 26 October 2017.
Date: Thursday, 28 September 2017

Thirteen finalists across three categories are vying for the 2017 Safety and Health Resources Sector Awards. The finalists are diverse, ranging from unique eye showers, tools for targeting attitudes and distraction in the workplace to pit haul road barriers.

Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) Executive Director Resources Safety, Simon Ridge said these projects have demonstrated unique solutions to problems experienced in the industry.

“These projects have been carefully assessed against five criteria including the problem and solution, benefits, innovation and the potential for the solution to be transferred and shared with the broader industry,” Mr Ridge said.

“We are really encouraged by the high standards we are seeing from the resources sector, they are challenging the status quo and pushing the boundaries to ensure our nationally significant industry is up there with the best in the world.

“I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the thirteen finalists and thank them for sharing their expertise and innovative thinking with the industry.”

The Safety and Health Award winners will be selected by a judging panel, including Simon Ridge, Chamber of Minerals and Energy WA Deputy Chief Executive Nicole Rooke and BGC Contracting Chief Executive Greg Heylen.

The awards will be presented at DMIRS’ annual Awards for Excellence night on Thursday, 26 October 2017, along with the Community Partnership Resources Sector Award and the prestigious Golden Gecko Award for Environmental Excellence.

A free seminar to be held before the Awards Ceremony will provide more in-depth insights into some of these projects.

Information on the Safety and Health Awards is available on the DMIRS website at


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. 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 (DOTF) is the most advanced reverse circulation drill on the global exploration market. The system allows 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 Pty Ltd

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 undertaking 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 allow 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 and 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 centre piece of a broader cultural change program designed to create a change in safety performance and make zero fatalities a reality.