So You Think You Want To Drive The Big Trucks? Well it’s not as easy as you may think. Yes, eventually you will probably know how to drive a truck, get a load and dump it off. What many people don’t think about, or know is the rest of the … Read more..
Black Lung In Open Cut Now! Recently the first Open Cut Coal Miner was diagnosed with Black Lung, which until now was thought to be an Underground Coal Miner’s disease. My partner, “The Real Miner” works underground and I am a “Gravel Scratcher,” open cut operator. Both our work families … Read more..
The Queensland Government asked for submissions about contract labour hire prior to the upcoming inquiry. How has it affected our pay conditions, personal impact and financial situation? They also asked our solutions to fix it. I am no financial guru pretending to understand exactly why there are more labour hire … Read more..
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My daughter and I were excited to fly together for the first time recently. At the airport to visit my 1 week old grandson, I began to ponder this question: Does working FIFO lifestyle take away the excitement of flying? My tradition is to have a beer in the bar … Read more..
Is the art of conversation leaving us? Many peeps rock devices nowadays, so why talk to each other? “Shoot me a text or PM.” I have worked on sites with and without mobile phones, it makes a huge difference. We are forced to have intimate gatherings in small spaces at … Read more..
Do you stay in a “Donga” at camp? They can be cold, sterile and un-inviting. This doesn’t help our moods and mindsets, and may contribute to mental health and fatigue issues. Donga designs, age, sizes and quality vary from camp to camp. Do you have a permanent room, or … Read more..
Do Robots Need Humans? Do Humans Need Robots? Dad rang me in a panic. “You will be out of a job. Robots are taking over!” He had just watched the news on autonomous trucks. I said “I bet they didn’t mention the one that crashed into the water cart!” … Read more..
I have worked as an operator in gold and coal mines for over a decade now. Sometimes carting dirt and rock (overburden) sometimes coal or gold/copper (the money makers.) I am a miner, but am I a Real Miner? The Miner definition describes a miner as anyone who works in … Read more..