Innovation at Alcoa

Alcoa employees at its Willowdale mine are an ingenious bunch, having come up with a new invention that has come close to winning the Mineral Council’s prestigious national health and safety innovation award recently. While its not something The Note needs every day, the highly praised innovation allows maintenance workers to remove bolts while they remain standing in front of large Caterpillar scraper machines, rather than lying under them while holding a heavy rattle gun. Scraper machines are used to remove topsoil from areas to be mined and distribute it to other areas being revegetated after mining. The redesign of cutting edges and bolts on the machines means employees can now replace cutting edges without the risk of injury at up to seven times a year.

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