Smelter workers improve safety



THREE Boyne Smelters Lim- ited (BSL) employees have de- signed a $2.3 million dollar project to improve workplace health and safety.

The innovation is part of a site-wide ergonomic competi- tion which encouraged em- ployees to come up with safer ways of performing tasks.

The winning invention was designed by Chris Skerman, Tony Evans and Brett Craw- ford, who have designed a new reduction cell hood.

The hood will replace 10,000 original hoods on lines one and two, and weighs less than its predecessor, making it easier and safer to use.

Reduction line superintendent Evan Andrews said in addition to the ergonomic improvements, he expected the new hoods to decrease fluoride emission levels.

"The new hood will increase cell sealing capabilities and we expect to see a marked improvement in emission levels on the line,'' he said.

"The current plan is to change out the entire fleet of hoods over two years at a cost of approximately $2.3 million.''

The winning entry was one of 29 ergonomic improvements developed by employees and entered for judging in the second annual awards. BSL physiotherapist and ergonomic adviser Di Gehrmann assisted with judging and said she was impressed with the standard.

"We had such a hard time choosing a winner this year that we ended up giving out eight highly commended and four very highly commended awards as well as an innovation award,'' she said.



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