Austin Engineering innovation makes mines safer

MESCA MEMBER GOOD NEWS: Austin Engineering has reinvented a key piece of mining equipment in a world-first now being used by the biggest resource companies to reduce risks of injury and running costs.

The Courier-Mail is reporting that two years ago BHP Mitsubishi Alliance tasked the long-standing MESCA member, headquartered in Brisbane, with coming up with a new design for excavator buckets which had not evolved much in nearly a century.

The request came after a worker died while cutting out a large bucket liner — steel plates that sit over buckets to take the wear and tear while excavating — for maintenance.

Austin invented and recently launched a two-piece bucket made with super steel that requires no liner at all.

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