Chamber of Minerals & Energy Award

Local West Australian company catches Chamber of Minerals & Energy Engineering Award Congratulations to Engineering Director Stuart Mangham and his team at Tuff Industries for taking out the Engineering category of this year’s awards, for an innovative yet simple tool which creates a safer solution for a common minesite hazard. The company’s Lock Ring Catcher was developed to improve safety procedures during the removal of tyres from large earth moving vehicles, which have historically been prised from the rim of tyres and allowed to fall to the ground, potentially exposing operators to personal injury from the lock rings, which can weigh anywhere up to 60kg. “After undertaking numerous risk and hazard assessments in collaboration with workers on the ground and also management, we concluded the best solution was to design a tool which would safely assist in removing and fitting a lock ring and ultimately contribute towards a safer work environment,” explains Mr Mangham. The light weight Lock Ring Catcher is designed to quickly fit and lock into the wheel within seconds controlling the release of the lock ring and stopping it from falling to the floor when prised from the rim. “One of the many unique safety features of the catcher is that it will stay within the wheel and retain the lock ring after it has been released, even if its’ central lock isn’t applied or there is a failure of the spring loading mechanism. “Basically, the device is a bespoke tool which is easy to use, keeps the operator from harm and helps to keep the work environment safe.” Since developing the first prototype, the company...

Inside Safety Article

Innovative safety solutions recognised The CME’s Safety and Health Innovation Awards for 2013 have recognised Rio Tinto Iron Ore, CITIC Pacific Mining and Tuff Industries for their outstanding performance and innovation on the area of safety this year. Inside Safety June 2013 – Read full PDF...