Each year, Peabody’s Safety and Health Innovation Awards bring out the best of our safety teams through the recognition of innovative ideas used to solve real safety risks. These innovations can be shared with all of our mines to improve best practices throughout our operations.
Other 2019 award winners included:
First Place – Coppabella Mine’s Filter Oil Drain Service: When changing oil filters on equipment such as haul trucks, oil often spills over the sides of the filter. The spilled oil also creates a slipping hazard. To resolve this, the Coppabella team created a solution that uses a slide hammer to push two pins and create holes in the bottom of the filter. This allows the oil to drain into a tub through a valve and a hose, decreasing the potential for oil to contact the employee, preventing slip hazards and reducing manual handling of the filter.
Second Place – Wilkie Creek Mine’s Camlock Tool: Working with camlocks, used to connect and disconnect pipes, can result in fractured fingers, sprained wrists and other injuries. The team at Wilkie Creek created a tool by welding two L-shaped tabs to a rod that can be used to safely lock and unlock the camlock. As a result, this new approach reduces the likelihood of damaged fingers and hands, and provides the additional benefit of creating an easier and quicker way to lock and unlock the camlock.
Third Place (tie) – Gateway North Mine’s Roof Bolter Enable Button: When bolting the roof in an underground mine, the temptation to assist the hands-free machine drill into the roof can result in injuries. To eliminate this risk, the Gateway North team helped to design and install an “enable” button on the roof bolter that requires the operator to have both hands on the controls when starting the drill. This solution reduces the likelihood of the operator coming in contact with the rotating drill.
Third Place (tie) – NARMs Cable Tree Brake: When operating a cable tree brake, an employee is required to stand on the tree base and manually operate the brake while the cable is being raised or lowered. The employee being close to the brake creates an injury risk and a fall risk, as the employee is approximately four feet off the ground during the process. To improve this process, the NARM team implemented a redesign of the brake that uses leverage and an operating rope. This allows the employee to set and release the brake at ground level from a safe distance.