Tasmanian Construction Materials Industry Safety Seminar

Cement Concrete & Aggregates Australia (CCAA) and the Institute of Quarrying Australia (IQA) both prioritise the health and safety of everyone working in the Heavy Construction Materials Industry as their primary focus. Each year these organisations run joint social events to fund a safety seminar to deliver knowledge and raise awareness of industry best practice health and safety systems and procedures.

On Friday 10 November 2017 the Safety Seminar was held at Boral Quarry, Remount Road, Mowbray. Gary Chapman and Ross Schapel of Boral Construction Materials and Cement made the site’s mechanical shed and facilities available to house the seminar. The theme for this year’s seminar was two-fold:

  • Three of CCAA member companies described their health and safety journey and the management systems and priorities that have worked on their sites. It is hoped that the industry as a whole can benefit by companies sharing their experience and knowledge.

  • The second part of the seminar took advantage of the site based venue to describe how quarry operators and employees should respond to critical incidents occurring on their site. Andrew Tunstall of WorkSafe Tasmania described operator’s responsibilities under the act and Steve Richardson of Tas Fire Service described their capabilities as first responders.

The presentations were followed by a practical demonstration of emergency rescue techniques likely to be employed on a quarry site. One scenario demonstrated the use of the Snorkel hydraulic platform vehicle to rescue an injured party from an elevated walkway. The second scenario showed how heavy lift equipment can be used to carefully lift heavy machinery from an injured person trapped underneath.

Everyone attending would hope they are never required to respond to a critical incident at their operation but if they do attendees came away with a better understanding of their responsibilities and how they can prepare to help effect a timely rescue.