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The risks of diesel exhaust

diesel risk

  Miners, construction workers, oil and gas employees and forklift drivers are among those most at risk from diesel exhaust exposure. The major source of workplace exposure is from heavy vehicles that use diesel, such as trucks, buses, trains, tractors, ships, bulldozers and fork lift trucks. Other sources include mining equipment, bucket lifts and excavators. Short-term exposure Read More

Whitsunday business forum reformed for 2015

Bauxite

(Rio Tinto’s South of Embley bauxite project is part of the agenda at the Whitsunday Major Projects Summit)     It’s on again. The popular Whitsunday Major Projects Summit has attracted top speakers including  Downer, GVK Hancock, ICN, QCoal, North Queensland Bulk Ports and Whitsunday Coast Airport. Topics on the agenda include the Rio Tinto South Read More

World first computer recognised at the Brisbane Racing Club

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(The Julius Totalisator as it stood at at Brisbane’s Eagle Farm racecourse) It seems somehow appropriate that a country which loves gambling so much should have invented the world’s first computer which was used to process and register racing results. The name alone stirs the imagination. It is the Australian Julius Totalisator, It will be Read More

Changes at south-west Queensland peak industry group

TSBE’s CEO Shane Charles addresses the 220 guests who attended the event.

There’ve been some big changes coming out of the Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise annual general meeting. Both the inaugural chairman and CEO resigned. The experience of outgoing CEO Shane Charles is not lost. He takes over from John Wagner as as chair. TSBE’s chief operating officer Dr Ben Lyons officially moves into the organisation’s CEO Read More

MMG reports solid zinc production at Century

MMG Century processing plant

MMG released its third quarter 2015 production results today, reporting solid zinc production at Century in its final year and further progress at its Dugald River development project. Century produced 93,062 tonnes of zinc in zinc concentrate during the third quarter, 20 per cent lower than the previous quarter primarily due to lower milling ore Read More

‘Appiness is a connected parent

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Screen shots from the Quality Time app. Want to read your children a bedtime story from 2000km away or help mates sync their social life with your FIFO commitments? There’s an app for that - of course. A burgeoning number of smartphone and tablet apps are targeting FIFO workers and their families, offering ways to Read More

Photos from AusIMM’s annual function in Townsville

AUSIMM NQ Branch AusIMM post George Fisher lecture dinner

The Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM) north Queensland branch presented the annual Sir George Fisher lecture at James Cook University this week. It was book-ended with a post lecture dinner at A Touch of Salt in Townsville. The lecture was delivered by Evolution Mining Executive Chairman Jake Klein who spoke on The Reinvigoration of the Read More

Cranes and engineering recognised in Central Highlands business awards

Central Highlands Businesses of the Year

TNC Cranes and H.E.M.E. have both been crowned 2015 Central Highlands Business of the Year. (L-R) Mayor Peter Maguire, Cr Gail Nixon, Scott Mason (CEO, Central Highlands Regional Council), Matt Conway and Phil Tingey (TNC Cranes), and Kym Hellmuth and John Herman (H.E.M.E)   Two businesses have shared the top trophy to cap off a Read More

Walking into geology

Peabody Energy director of geology and resources Kirk Henderson could well have been a sports psychologist but for a left turn in life that began with a trip to Ireland.

Kirk Henderson Peabody Energy director of geology and resources Kirk Henderson could well have been a sports psychologist but for a left turn in life that began with a trip to Ireland. The 38-year-old Brisbane resident manages the geological and geotechnical functions across Peabody’s Queensland and New South Wales operations and is chair of the Read More

Metallica and rugby

Metallica

Simon Slesarewich New chief executive officer Simon Slesarewich has hit the ground running at Metallica Minerals as the Queensland-based junior looks to shift gear. “Metallica is at a very exciting time,” Mr Slesarewich said. “Historically Metallica has been an explorer, but it is moving into being a project developer and a producer. As well as Read More

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