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  • Writer's pictureJim Burns

Rio Tinto Kestrel Mine & Kestrel Mine Extension (KME): 87% Improvement in AIFR

We are very proud of Rio Tinto Kestrel & Kestrel Mine Extensions' excellent Safety record and results!

The implementation of PASS began when the mine was first known as Gordonstone mine in 1999 and when Rio Tinto purchased the mine, its' name became Kestrel mine. In 2008, the $1.3 billion Kestrel Mine Extension (KME) project which extended the life of Kestrel Mine by 20 years ramped up and over 400 contractors started work onsite.

Some of the extension project features, just to name a few are: two underground drifts; a ventilation shaft; major earthworks; power lines; CHPP Upgrade; Surface construction for material handling, OLC stockyards, machines and yard conveyors; U/G product conveyors and services; surface infrastructure, services, buildings and facilities; village construction and management; security, vehicle management and maintenance. The major contractors are: JV (Redpath and Mastermyne); Ausenco; BGC Contracting, McCosker, IPower, ASD, ABB, H&R, Howden and ESS (services division of Compass Group Australia Pty. Ltd).

This year Kestrel and KME celebrated yet another record year with an 87% improvement in their all injury frequency rate (AIFR) since 1999.


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