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John Stuart Robertson, Chief Operating Officer, from Mastermyne delivered this presentation at 2012 Longwall conference in the Hunter Valley Australia. Building on eleven years of excellence it’s ...

John Stuart Robertson, Chief Operating Officer, from Mastermyne delivered this presentation at 2012 Longwall conference in the Hunter Valley Australia. Building on eleven years of excellence it’s rare that such a large gathering of underground coal operators come together under the one roof, providing a great opportunity to catch up with friends, industry leaders, former colleagues and longwall mining specialists.
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    Development of underground training facility Development of underground training facility Presentation Transcript

    • Mastermyne Group Limited MyneStart Underground Training Facility
    • Injuries soar in Qld underground coal mines “The commissioner has flagged a possible cause of the increase in LTIFR being due to an influx of inexperienced workers and we would welcome the opportunity to work with the Mines Inspectorate to determine whether this is an issue and if more needs to be done in the training of new recruits.” Queensland Mine Safety and Health Commissioner Stewart Bell.
    • • Latent shortage of “SKILLED” workers…..concerns about our industry's capacity to see its mining commitments through. • Having an effect on the day-to-day operations of mining projects. • So who is responsible for injecting some extra manpower into Australian mining and how can it be accomplished??? • The mining industry does not lack for prospective recruits… • Finding workers with the right skills and experience for complex mining and engineering jobs is the primary difficulty. What we all know….
    • • In 2008 discussions were held between a number of industry groups. • Identify or develop a suitable underground environment to train and introduce new personnel into the coal mining sector. • Included representatives from:- o Mine site operators o Mine service contractors o Training and education providers o Industry representative bodies o Various State and Federal Government departments • For various reasons none of these groups were able to combine, develop and implement an effective and sustainable option. Consultation…
    • Build it ourselves… • Development of an operational business plan – Myne Start. • Purpose built underground coal mining training facility (complex) in the Mackay region. • Our prime objective was to lessen some of the impact of the acute skills shortages particularly in our own projects. • Then look to support mining operators to fully assess the potential of present and future coal mining opportunities, by encouraging and introducing inexperienced personnel into the underground coal mining industry.
    • Our Need… Kestrel Mine Extension  Drift Construction,  Inseam Development Kestrel Coal  Mains Development Crinum East  Ventilation Services Moranbah North Coal  Umbrella Works  Mains and Gateroad Development QLD Oaky North Coal Mine  Conveyor Services Kestrel Mine Extension (Services Division)  In Pit Life of Mine Infrastructure Dendrobium Mine  Inseam Development NSW Westcliff Mine  Outbye Services Newstan Mine  Inseam Development  Outbye Services  Cut / Flit Production Abel Mine  General Services Oaky No 1 Coal Mine  Conveyor Services  Engineering workshop located at Rockhampton  2nd Engineering workshop located at Cardiff, NSW
    • Mackay Facility • 4000m2 industrial block in South Mackay. • 3 underground roadways (approx. 5.2m x 2.9m) to allow for underground mobile equipment operation. • Travel road is approximately 60m in length. • Surface facilities, bathhouse, lamp room (cap lamps and rescuers), CABA/SABA, muster area. • Strata control systems, bolting platforms, roof and rib bolts, mesh and cogs, VCD’s, fans, tubes, temporary and permanent stoppings. • Mine services, power, air, water, waste and dewatering, comms. • Conveyor systems, boot end, drive head, structure and belting.
    • Mackay Facility
    • Mackay Facility
    • Inexperienced Mineworker Training Program • The training is highly interactive, utilising limited classroom style delivery, focusing primarily on work based/on the job training activities. • Includes the presentation of a range of induction level/standard operating procedures (SOP) topics. • Essentials – Golden Rules o Isolation and Tagging o Mine Transport Rules o Emergency Response o Communication Systems and Devices o Environmental Management o Personal Protective Equipment o Drug, Alcohol and Fatigue Awareness o Mobile Equipment and Personnel Interaction
    • • 4 week Programme (17 days) - 10 and 12 hour shifts. • Program class sizes are restricted to 10 participants. • Program developed to align with the national competency standards within the Resources and Infrastructure Industry Training Package and the Recognised Standard for Training (S11). • A number of competencies are only able to be fully recognised upon the trainee’s successful completion of a relevant site induction program. • Typical day at Myne Start would commence with: o Pass / Pre-start meeting which is led by participants each day o Random drug and alcohol testing o Rescuer and CABA refresher training o Local risk control reviews mixture of classroom and practical training. Inexperienced Mineworker Training Program
    • Inexperienced Mineworker Training Program
    • Acknowledgment and Acceptance.. What next…. • We saw acceptance of the need to act to train personnel to fill current and future projects. • We found ourselves in a position where the training is recognised as unique to this facility and can’t be easily replicated by other providers. • Business case exists to set up a second larger training centre to deliver external training.
    • Myne Start Brisbane • Accommodation is more accessible and affordable . • There is a large blue collar workforce - Sunshine and the Gold Coast. • Head offices located in Brisbane CBD. • Strategic position for future work in the Surat and Galilee Basins and FIFO operations.
    • Myne Start Brisbane • Over 465 linear metres of roadway within the simulated mine area (2800 square metres under roof). • 4 headings of approximately 80 metres in length. • Development Panel consisting of working conveyor belt and continuous mine. • Longwall panel consisting of 6 chocks and shearer • Surface facilities, bathhouse, lamp room (cap lamps and rescuers), CABA/SABA, muster area, training room and equipment go line.
    • Myne Start Brisbane
    • Myne Start Brisbane
    • Inexperienced Underground Mine Electrical and Fitters Course • Underground Mine Electrical Trades (high voltage work and specific hazardous area). • Participants are fully qualified electrical fitter mechanics with an electrical licence. • Participant’s outcomes are based around additional electrical competencies such as EEHA, LVR/CPR. • Practical component of this course focuses on underground electrical components such flame proof enclosures, communications systems, protective systems, fault finding and testing techniques.
    • Supervisor Safety Workshops – Refresher Training • S1,S2, S3 base/refresher (RIIRIS301A, RIIOHS301A, RIICOM301A). • Reinforcement of the safety behaviours/expectations. • Provides an understanding of why? In turn encourages confidence and robustness. • Integrated with the inexperienced employee program. • Trainers training the trainees on actual work tasks. • It is also recognised that Myne Start, though most beneficial for the training of inexperienced personnel, can also be utilised for refresher training and assessment activities for existing experienced employees. • All refresher training is completed on an “on needs” basis for all sites.
    • Other Courses • Deputy Courses (dedicated block training and workshop style training) • International recruits – Experienced Polish and South African miners - learn about the Australian Coal Mining Industry prior to going to site • Experienced Metalliferous Miners - Coal Mining Preparation Program • Development Mining Courses • PUR/USR and Cavity Foam Injection Courses
    • Benefits…. • Formation of clearly identifiable pathways for introducing inexperienced personnel into the underground coal mining industry. • Close interaction - we are able to closely monitor and influence these participants through the onboarding process ensuring their safety behaviours are a cultural fit. • Pathways into the industry rather than just “a course”. • Last 2 days of course is the site induction therefore personnel will need only a familiarisation on site.
    • Benefits…. • Familiar with corporate site material such as:  Local risk control documents  JSEA documentation  Site Procedures  Mine plans 0 200 400 600 800 1000 1200 FY08 FY09 FY10 FY11 FY12 386 490 518 744 983 79 105 Myne Start Total FTE
    • Industry Support