Mine com­pe­ti­tion drives safety mes­sage home

Southern Telegraph - - News - Emily Sharp

Mem­bers from Kwinana’s re­fin­ery par­tic­i­pated in the 25th an­niver­sary of the sur­face mine com­pe­ti­tion in the Gold­fields last week­end.

BHP Bil­li­ton Nickel West was one of seven emer­gency re­sponse teams to test their skills at the Cham­ber of Min­er­als and En­ergy (CME) WA Sur­face Mine Emer­gency Re­sponse Com­pe­ti­tion (SMERC) in Kal­go­or­lie.

The com­bined Nickel West team, in­clud­ing two mem­bers from its Kwinana re­fin­ery, were tested on space res­cue, med­i­cal emer­gen­cies and rope res­cue.

Kwinana re­fin­ery emer­gen- cy re­sponse co-or­di­na­tor Alana Gal­lagher said the in­tense two-day com­pe­ti­tion was a real test of the ca­pa­bil­ity of the team mem­bers and recog- ni­tion of their sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to emer­gency re­sponse.

“At BHP Bil­li­ton noth­ing is more im­por­tant at our sites than en­sur­ing work­ers re­turn home safely after a good day’s work,” she said.

“This train­ing could be the dif­fer­ence be­tween one of your work­mates mak­ing it home to their fam­ily or not.”

SMERC saw teams com­pete in nine chal­leng­ing sce­nar­ios de­signed to im­prove emer­gency re­sponse skills and knowl­edge in fire-fight­ing, ve­hi­cle ex­tri­ca­tion, haz­ardous chem­i­cals and in­ci­dent man­age­ment.

CME chief ex­ec­u­tive Reg Howard-Smith said spec­ta­tor par­tic­i­pa­tion fea­tured strongly over the week­end.

Nor­ton Gold Fields Ltd took out the over­all honours for Best Team fol­lowed by Gold Fields St Ives.

Pic­ture: Andrew Hall

Vol­un­teer vic­tim Paddy O’Con­nell has his chest in­jury as­sessed by BHP Bil­li­ton Nickle West res­cue team mem­ber Jess San­der­son. Fore­ground vic­tim, Dar­ryl Hooper.

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