Prospect Awards: Flexco Safety Advocate of the Year finalists

Australian Mining is proud to announce the finalists for the 2020 Australian Mining Prospect Awards.

The Australian Mining Prospect Awards Flexco Safety Advocate of the Year Award recognises an individual that is committed to ensuring safety – either for an individual site or company, or for the mining industry as a whole.

“It’s our honour to congratulate the finalists of the 2020 Prospect Awards Safety Advocate category,” Flexco managing director Mark Colbourn said.

“Each year, Flexco takes pride in sponsoring a safety focussed awards category; it’s our top business priority as a global organisation and is always our biggest focus when we develop and launch new products.

“It’s at the core of everything we do, and we applaud those who take on the additional responsibility to advocate for safety in their workplace. Safety is the most important part of any mining business and we’re so happy we get to honour that each year.”

The finalists of the Flexco Safety Advocate of the Year Award are:

Terese Withington, regional managing director Asia Pacific, Weir Minerals

Terese Withington is responsible for improving Weir Minerals’ safety across Australia, the Pacific, South East Asia, China and India.

In her role, Withington is personally involved in reviewing and learning from any lost time incidents (LTIs) that occur.

Withington was integral in the introduction of mill system lifting points to reduce the risks for production staff.

She also identified hand and finger injuries as the largest proportion of Weir’s incidents and introduced guards and lining to prevent such injuries.

Under her leadership, Weir Minerals APC has halved total recordable injuries in the past year and led many of its facilities to significant LTI-free milestones.

Natalia Trewin, health, safety and environment manager, WesTrac

Leading WesTrac’s culture and safety team, Natalia Trewin led campaigns to reduce hand and finger injuries and musculoskeletal strains with the Body Torque strategy.

Trewin is responsible for an 18 per cent increase in employee engagement, smashing the 5 per cent target. She reduced lost time injury frequency rate to zero and the total recorded injury frequency rate to under its target.

As well as preventing physical injuries, Trewin has prioritised the mental health of WesTrac’s workforce, providing yoga classes and boot camps for employees.

Trewin also led the health and safety focus for 1458 employees across 20 sites during the COVID-19 pandemic, moving from 14 systems to one for transformed risk and safety management.

Madeleine Holloway, health and safety specialist, CITIC Pacific Mining

Madeleine Holloway has spent 16 years of her career committed to improving safety performances and processes.

Holloway developed CITIC Pacific Mining’s (CPM’s) fatality risk management program to ensure staff and contractors understand potential risks in their roles and the critical controls they require to make sure the risks are managed correctly.

Since implementation of this program, CPM’s significant injuries have decreased, as have the reportable injury rate and high potential incidents.

Holloway and her team are also credited to utilising Cintellate, an environmental, health and safety (EHS) software program to identify, manage, monitor and report EHS and risk management obligations in real time.

Melissa Cedelland, dragline, drill and blast officer, Yancoal Mount Thorley Warkworth mine

Yancoal dragline, drill and blast officer Melissa Cedelland has applied her knowledge of the Mount Thorley Warkworth mine to develop a dedicated safety focus during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cedelland implemented the controls required to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by drawing on her experience as a signwriter to convey safety messages via new signage on site.

She also created a sticker system to allow workers to quickly identify anyone who had been in proximity of an individual showing symptoms, should there be a confirmed COVID-19 case on site.

Cedelland dedicated time outside of her work hours to ensure the safety of herself and others, personally placing signage around the operation.

In her role, Cedelland has been instrumental in the effective management of the spending and safe usage of explosives.

The full list of Australian Mining Prospect Awards finalists can be viewed here.

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