CCAA showcases the best
The Cement, Concrete & Aggregates Australia Innovation Awards 2017 showcase the sector’s best performers.
From quarry pit to construction site, more than 150 members joined in the celebrations that recognise companies that are making workplaces safer, more productive, environmentally friendly, and engaging positively with their communities.
The Mortlock Chamber of the State Library of South Australia provided old-worldly charm for the SA Construction Materials Annual Dinner as guest speakers acknowledged the sector’s contribution in building Adelaide’s status as the world’s fifth most liveable city.
Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, Stephen Mullighan MP, commended the sector’s initiative in keeping at the forefront of technology, demonstrated in a custom-made concrete-batching process for the Northern Connector project underway, and its substantial work to engender community support.
‘Adelaide is enjoying global leadership in liveability thanks to your sector’s contribution to transforming social, business and transport infrastructure’, Minister Mullighan said. ‘On top of the Adelaide Oval and newly unveiled Adelaide Convention Centre, the new Royal Adelaide Hospital and surrounding biomedical precinct positions South Australia to be a leading contributor to the health sector.’ He added that the South Australian Government’s $2.2 billion general infrastructure spend presented in the 2017-18 Budget represents a record.
Other guest speakers included Adelaide’s Lord Mayor, Martin Haese, and co-captain of the Crows women’s AFL team, Chelsea Randall.
Across the three categories, 17 nominations were received, and judged by a panel comprising a cross-section of representatives from the government’s Mining Regulation team, SafeWork SA, the Mining & Quarrying Occupational Health & Safety Committee and industry. The winners will compete for the national awards.
Community Leadership – Exceptional contribution in enhancing public perception and standing of the heavy construction materials industry.
Winner: Hanson Australia Pty Ltd for creating a sense of community among young children. Hanson engaged with local childhood early learning centres to demonstrate to children the vital role the sector plays within the community. In fun-filled sessions, drivers of concrete trucks demonstrated the agitator bowl spinning, talked about their daily work, and gave children the opportunity to take a view from the driver’s seat. By giving children a sense of connection to the work of the construction sector in the context of their community, the program aligns with the Australian Government’s Early Years Learning Framework themes of ‘belonging, being and becoming’. It also showcased the practical vocational opportunities within the extractives and heavy construction materials industry. Drivers involved in the program have reported increased morale and job satisfaction.
Highly commended: Adelaide Brighton Cement Kiln for its work through its Community Liaison Group delivering lasting improvements. It has recently constructed an attractive community park to exercise dogs and incorporate local flood mitigation measures.
Health and Safety Innovation – Excellence in developing and implementing an innovative solution for an identified health and safety issue.
Winner: Boral Concrete Plants for its Boral Safety Agi Wand which helps lessen the risk of collisions with powerlines. The risk of agitator vehicles colliding with powerlines when discharging is very real and potentially fatal. Until the introduction of the Agi Wand innovation, agitator drivers needed to trust the estimation skill of a spotter to ensure a safe distance from powerlines. Boral, not comfortable with this level of risk, has reduced the safety concern by manufacturing a wand made of 900 mm long non-conductive electrical conduit, which is attached to the highest point of the agitator with a magnet. This simple tool is an important adjunct to a spotter, providing greater certainty of the safe distance to continue discharging near powerlines and improved delivery speed.
Environmental Innovation – Outstanding achievement in developing and successfully applying a new initiative or an original solution in one or more aspects of environmental management at a concrete, extractive or cement operation.
Winner: Boral Australia Murray Bridge Quarry for site solar electricity installation and reuse of water. Boral demonstrated a holistic strategy to address the quarry’s energy and water needs sustainably, and in the process slashed operational costs. The renewable energy investment comprises solar panels and a battery storage system, enabling the small site to become self-sufficient for much of its energy needs, when coupled with a backup generator. The water system consists of tanks and pumps for amenities and the wet mixing of products. The combined investment has paid for itself in a year and Boral is looking for further opportunities to invest in these successful, sustainable and environmentally friendly solutions.
– Grace Taylor