Sam Thomas, Director
The traditional working conditions in the mining and construction industries is physically demanding and dangerous due to heavy loads, unstable underground structures, heavy tools and equipment, great accidental risks, exposure to toxic dust and chemicals, and heat and cold. Every year, thousands of miners and construction workers meet with fatal accidents and many more get injured due to perilous working environments. Most of the time, the accidents are caused by gas or dust explosions, gas intoxications, improper use of explosives, electrical burn, fires, collapsing of mine structures, rock falls from roofs and sidewalls, flooding, workers stumbling/slipping/falling, or errors from malfunctioning or improperly used equipment. Additionally, organisations operating in the mining and construction industries are slow to adopt new technologies due to the scale and complexity of their operations, as well as the hefty costs that come with change. To this end, they need solutions that help them improve the safety standards without burning a hole in their pockets.
This is where ME SAFE hogs the limelight with engineered solutions that cost-efficiently bring safety and efficiency to the mining and construction industries.
The company has over 60 years of experience in delivering innovative solutions for surface & underground drilling, ground support, piling, project management and general civil works across Australia and overseas.
ME SAFE’s patent-pending long haul plug (LHP) solution is the only engineered solution to secure lost drill rods in up holes. It is installed with the production drill without any installation tools and provides an engineered solution to remove serious hazards to personnel and equipment in the underground mining industry. Besides, if the drill rod falls, ME SAFE’s LHP strike the tapered core driving it into the shell. This transfers the vertical forces horizontally into the rock mass.
Another solution of ME SAFE, the Auto H2O, is a low maintenance, easy-to-use automatic dust suppression system tailored for underground mines’ water properties and operational requirements. It provides sufficient flexibility, enabling miners to adjust sprinkler timings to suit different sections of mine travel ways. This results in improving employee health as well as increasing visibility in travel ways. Further, the Pre Filter System of Auto H2O provides a value-added solution to reduce dust in underground mines, reducing health safety hazards to a large extent.
Moreover, as cable bolt tails pose a severe risk to the underground workforce as well as mobile equipment and vent bags, ME SAFE offers a cable cap, which is a highly visible, friction fit safety cap. The cable caps, when fitted to the cable bolt tail, provides increased hazard visibility, personnel protection, enhanced life and efficiency for vent bag and equipment and reduces vent re-works. Reducing holes in the vent bag not only increases the life of the bag but also increases the air at the site. Nonetheless, to help protect underground mining operations from projectile failures, ME SAFE offers Rock Bolt Testing. The company has extensive experience with rock bolt failures in Australian underground mines and developed methods to secure these failures. These methods that are simple to use, adjust and maintain have been successfully employed over the past several years to safely remove the hazard posed by rock bolt failure to personnel and equipment.
More than 35 mines across Australia, including some of the biggest names in the industry, have been leveraging ME SAFE’s solutions to enhance the safety and efficiency of their mining operations. Going forward, the company is working on adding more innovative features and tools to mitigate some of the most commonly occurring problems in both the mining and construction industries.