Mining is one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. Miners are exposed to an array of hazards both above and below ground that can cause serious injury, disability or death.
Quick release couplings are a common way to practically increase efficiency in any application that requires the frequent connection and disconnection of fluid lines.
Unlike many other industries, accidents in mining can have quite significant consequences for the safety of employees and the worksite itself.
TYRE fitting in the mining industry is a tough job, with wheel and tyre combinations weighing many tonnes, bolts needing to be torqued to hundreds of foot-pounds and some fittings located metres off the ground.
What started out as a life saving device to help safely remove difficult and dangerous to handle belly plates on heavy earth-moving equipment, has now evolved into a multi-faceted and versatile machine capable of a range of tasks, making life on the job a whole lot easier and safer for fitters.
Following an unfortunate bout of injuries and fatalities, the mining industry is pushing for better safety and compliance, prompting many mines to rethink existing work practices and focus on making the right tools for the job available.
PUTTING profits before safety is only a short term gain when compared to the cost (both emotionally and financially) of serious injuries and deaths. It is well documented that physical fatigue plays a large part in elevating the risk of workplace accidents and incidents.
THE best tools in the world are usually designed by people who see a need to improve the efficiency or safety of their own job. Nivek Industries’ ingenious new Lift Assist 40 tool manipulator arm is the perfect example of a workplace solution based on real world experience.
The practical design partnership between the Thiess Mt Owen team and Nivek tackled the weighty challenge of tooling – specifically the issues fitters had handling heavy tools for long periods in often cramped conditions..