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It’s big. It’s new. The Emergency Response Competition of the Tasmanian Minerals Industry Two days of non-stop action Queenstown - 11-12 November 2011

Vedanta Copper Mines of Tasmania

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The Emergency Response Competition of the Tasmanian Minerals Industry

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25 years dedicated to safety THE Tasmanian Minerals Emergency Response Committee (TMERC) plays an integral role in promoting mine safety across the state. Here’s a snapshot of the committee’s history: 1986 ■ The Tasmanian Mine Rescue Steering Committee (TMRSC) was formed in 1986 as an initiative of Workplace Standards. ■ It was initiated to integrate the resources of the underground mining operations by sharing information, implementing best practice and introducing a mutual aid program. ■ The initial mines involved with the TMRSC were Mt Lyell, Rosebery, Renison, Hellyer and Cornwall. ■ The steering committee was focused on standardising Tasmanian mine rescue training programs, implementing a mutual aid assistance agreement, and introducing the inter-mine annual mine rescue competition. ■ The mutual aid program also ensured a source of highly trained emergency personnel was available across the state to respond to large emergencies where additional resources were required. 2010 ■ In 2010, the TMRSC was expanded, following a review of the committee’s objectives, to incorporate all mineral processing operations.

2011 TMERC competition will run over two days and include nine different challenges to test the participating teams. ■ The TMRSC was renamed and is now known as the Tasmanian Minerals Emergency Response Committee. ■ The newly formed TMERC committee will continue the excellent job performed by the TMRSC and ensure that all mineral

extraction activities, from mining to processing, are represented in the committee’s program. ■ The first year’s objective was to expand the annual competition from a one-day competition, with eight teams and six events to a two-day competition permitting up to 16

teams with nine events, including emergency response teams from surface and underground operations. 2011 ■ Copper Mines of Tasmania offered to hold the 2011 inaugural TMERC competition at the historical

Mt Lyell site in Queenstown. ■ The TMERC committee was then challenged with expanding the very successful existing underground competition to include additional competition elements to cater for the surface and processing operations.

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Grange Resources is committed to achieving excellence in occupational health and safety. Grange Resources have a simple approach to safety – it is the number one priority. The company is committed to zero harm. This commitment is supported by the substantial and sustained improvement in the level of safety and developing a culture of safety leadership and supporting initiatives which foster genuine ownership of safety management across Grange Resources operations here in Tasmania and Western Australia. Our commitment to safety includes the establishment and training of an Emergency Response Team (ERT), dedicated to their role of first response to an emergency our Emergency Response Team members are active and contributing members of the Tasmanian Minerals Emergency Response Committee (TMERC), continuing in the development and improvement of mines rescue and emergency response in Tasmania.

C Shift Emergency Response Team ERT members undertake specialised and technical emergency training to be part of the team. In addition to this scheduled training and onsite exercises over the year, the ERT team compete in the Tasmania Mine Rescue competition, since its establishment the team has achieved commendable results, which all of us at Grange Resources are very proud. The competition provides our ERT team with realistic scenarios to evaluate their knowledge and skills in underground and surface mine rescue, fire fighting, first aid, vehicle extrication, hazardous chemicals, rope rescue, confined space rescue, team skills and theory. The competition also provides an excellent learning opportunity for all participants and is one of the best practical ways in which teams can learn from experienced adjudicators and gain valuable insight into alternate rescue methods from contact with other teams with different mining methods. In addition to providing a mutual aid and emergency backup to the other mines in Tasmania, our ERT team contributes to our local community by responding and assisting in road accident emergencies rescue, national park and bush land fire protection and firefighting and bushwalker rescue across the West Coast. Team members, with the support of their families, colleagues, contribute significantly in the promotion of mine rescue and safety within the industry and the dedication these personnel show is outstanding. We hope that teams gain experience from the competition and value the opportunity to achieve excellence alongside their peers. Grange Resources Safety - our people – our systems – our commitment – our journey.

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The Emergency Response Competition of the Tasmanian Minerals Industry

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Something for everyone THE emergency rescue skills of 10 emergency response teams will be on show in a colourful display of flames, water and foam. The 2011 Tasmanian Minerals Emergency Response Competition will see teams competing in nine events involving simulated emergency situations to which they must respond. Their skills in responding to and addressing these situations will be assessed by experts in the rescue industry. Most events during the 2011 competition will be open to the public for viewing. Teams will start at the Queenstown football oval and the selected event and location will be announced to the team captains. The emergency response teams will then be required to respond to the event, as per the normal process of receiving an emergency call. Public viewing will be available with some events held in the town and tours are available to attend events held on the Copper Mines of Tasmania site. Mine tours will be guided by a ‘‘marshal’’, who will take spectators into the mine to watch four specialist events. The competition will be held over two days and the public is invited to come along at any time to watch. Guided tours into the Copper Mines of Tasmania mine site will leave at designated times and visitors are encouraged to make a booking to ensure a place is available at their preferred time. OPEN EVENTS The following events are open to the public for viewing: ■ Team skills event This event tests the ability of teams to think laterally. It involves a systematic rescue of a casualty following strategic directions provided by the team captain. The Team Skills event will be held at the Queenstown football oval and is

Dates and times The 2011 Tasmanian Emergency Minerals Response Competition will be held from 7am until 5pm on November 11 and from 6.15am until 3.45pm on November 12. ■ TOURS: A tour bus will leave the Copper Mines of Tasmania site entry gate every 75 minutes at the following times: Friday: 7am, 8.15am, 9.30am, 10.45am, 12pm, 1.15pm, 2.30pm, 3.45pm. Saturday: 6.15am, 7.30am, 8.45am, 10am, 11.15am, 12.30pm, 1.45pm, 3pm. To make a tour booking, call Phill or Jason on 6471 4143. open to all spectators. Spectators are invited to watch an event or join in and become a part of the actual scenario by taking a seat on the oval where teams are competing and watch first-hand how they perform. A marshal is not required, however spectators must comply with instructions from the adjudicators. ■ Road crash rescue The vehicle extrication event will include a simulated two-car ‘‘T-bone’’ collision with trapped casualties. The road crash rescue is an exhibition event which means teams can choose to compete in the event or treat it as an opportunity to learn. It will be held at the SES vehicle yard, a two-minute walk from the Queenstown Football Ground. A marshal is not required, however spectators are to remain outside the fence and comply with instructions from the adjudicators.

to pass the CMT site entry gate. Travel to the CMT gate and request permission to view the confined space rescue event. While at the event, spectators must remain outside the fence and comply with instructions from the adjudicators. ■ First aid event The first aid event resembles a large industrial accident involving multiple casualties. The event will be held in the

industrial estate which is a secure location within the Mt Lyell property. A marshal is not required, however spectators should travel to the CMT gate and request directions to view the first aid event. While at the event, spectators must remain outside the cordoned off area and comply with instructions from the adjudicators. CLOSED EVENTS The following events have limited public viewing: ■ Underground search and rescue This event will be conducted underground and is closed to public viewing. The bus tour will arrive in time for visitors to watch the start of the underground event, then as the event heads underground the tour bus will move on to other events. ■ Surface search and rescue The tour bus will bring visitors to the event and they will be able to view some aspects of surface search and rescue. While at the event, spectators must remain inside the cordoned off area and comply with instructions from

the adjudicators and marshals. ■ Fire fighting This event will simulate a fire in a heavy vehicle workshop. The tour bus will bring visitors to the event and they will be able to view some of the fire and rescue teams in action. It is anticipated it will be quite spectacular. While at the event, spectators must remain inside the cordoned off area and comply with instructions from the adjudicators and marshals. ■ Rope rescue event This event involves conducting a rescue at height. The tour bus will bring visitors to the event and they will be able to view the rescue and teams in action. While at the event, spectators must remain inside the cordoned off area and comply with instructions from the adjudicators and marshals. ■ Theory event This event will be closed to all visitors to allow participants to complete a written theory exam without distraction or disturbance.

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■ Confined space rescue The confined space rescue event this year is an exhibition event and involves two workers becoming trapped in a contaminated and confined work space. It will be held at Minecrete’s batching plant which is a secure location within the Mt Lyell property. A marshal is not required, however spectators will require authorisation

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Vedanta Copper Mines of Tasmania is proud to host the Inaugural Tasmanian Minerals Emergency Response 2011 Competition. CMT is a major supporter of this important service to the Tasmanian minerals industry for the benefit of all stakeholders and wishes the participating teams every success for the competition.

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The Emergency Response Competition of the Tasmanian Minerals Industry

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A state of emergency Two-day competition to test teams’ responses

❛❛ It is a great opportunity for the members to network with each other and share learning outcomes and experiences from other operations. ❜❜

RESCUING miners from emergencies such as fires, explosions, cave-ins and toxic gas outbreaks are just a few of the scenarios an emergency response team might face. Other potential scenarios could include rescues from smoke-filled workplaces, chemical spills, vehicle accidents, confined spaces or personnel trapped at height.

Copper Mines of Tasmania occupational health and safety manager Phill Kemp

While minerals extraction is one of the safest primary industries in Australia, there are many activities that can still pose a risk to people and property. These activities occur due to the use of high energy equipment and processes that can result in major accidents. Health and safety legislation in Australia requires operations to provide trained and properly equipped mine rescue personnel to be available at all operations. ‘‘These personnel make emergency response teams,’’ Copper Mines of Tasmania occupational health and safety manager Phill Kemp said. The emergency response teams comprise full-time professional members and volunteers from the workforce. All members have expert knowledge of the conditions that may be encountered during an emergency response. ‘‘They know the operation and are familiar with the types of machinery, the processes, working practices,’’ Mr Kemp said. Emergency response team

At the 2011 Tasmanian Minerals Emergency Response Competition emergency response teams will be challenged by a range of mining emergency scenarios. members receive extensive training including fire fighting, height rescues, chemical response, first aid, as well as training in both closed and open circuit breathing apparatus. The skills of 10 emergency response teams will be assessed in the 2011 Tasmanian Minerals Emergency Response Competition. ‘‘The purpose of the competition is for members to test their rescue skills under the scrutiny of experienced adjudicators,’’ Mr Kemp said. The teams will take part in nine rescue events with each featuring a potential mining emergency. ‘‘This year’s events include both underground and surface search and rescue, fire fighting, height

The teams will take part in nine rescue events with each featuring a potential mining emergency, including vehicle fires and underground rescues. rescue, first aid, confined space, vehicle extrication, theory and the always popular team skills,’’ Mr Kemp said.

In addition to assessing their skills, teams enjoy other benefits from the competition. ‘‘It is a great opportunity for the

members to network with each other and share learning outcomes and experiences from other operations,’’ he said.

Tasmanian Minerals Emergency Response Committee would like to thank the following: Major Sponsors:

Contributing Sponsors:

Redpath Mining Australia Drager Safety Auslec TPW Engineering Setori Engineering

Gaspersic Contracting AusIMM Tas Branch Protector Alsafe Span Set CCA Australia

CGU Workers Compensation Orica Mining Services MSA Atlas Copco Australia Pty Ltd

One Steel Raygill Mining and Quarry Supplies Williams Earthmoving Johnex Explosives

Event Sponsors:

PT Rescue Bullivants BOC

Auslec William Adams Pty Ltd Chubb Fire & Security

Life & Rescue International Protector Alsafe Training Services Mines Rescue Pty Ltd

Sig Signs Amare Safety Drager

Participating Teams:

Vedanta Copper Mines of Tasmania Fosterville (Victoria) MMG Minerals & Metals Group Rosebery Cornwall Coal Mine

BCD Resources (Operations) NL – Tasmania Mine Bendigo Mining Limited – Henty Gold Mine RT Bell Bay

Bluestone Mines Tasmania JV Pty Ltd Grange Resources Limited Composite Team (comprising members from a mix of sites) 4059739 jb

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TASMANIAN MINERALS EMERGENCY RESPONSE COMPETITION PROUDLY SUPPORTED BY

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