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Mincon Chile Wins Safety Award

Mincon Chile has been recognised for its excellent safety track record, after two years without any accidents or operational loss at the Radomiro Tomic Copper Mine in Chile, operated by Minera Codelco.

The team at Mincon Chile has a service contract for supplying drilling consumables and conducting drilling for all operations at the mine. Mincon equipment used at this site includes our class-leading rotary drill bits, as manufactured at our North Bay Factory, as well as associated accessories and consumables from our factories in the USA and Sweden. Mincon also designed and supplied one of the of the safety innovations introduced at the site: a rod-handling truck that automates the process of swapping the large drill rods used on rigs.

Deployment of this rod-handling truck has greatly improved safety at the Radomiro Tomic mine by reducing the risk of human injury through manual handling of drill rods. Additionally, the robotic systems on the truck have allowed for incredible time savings when it comes to changing rods: conventional methods require up to 90 minutes, while the Mincon team in Chile have reduced this time to around 15 minutes.

Tom Purcell, VP, Mincon Americas Region, said:

“Two years without any safety incidents is a remarkable achievement in any industry – the fact that this has been achieved at an operational mine is even more noteworthy. I’m incredibly proud of the team in Chile. Their approach to efficiency, innovation, and safety have shown the mine’s operator why Mincon is The Driller’s Choice.”

Pictured at top, from left to right: Héctor Cortés, Alexis Vidal, Germán Cortés, Luciano Quecaño, Mayco Panire, Heriberto Mollo, Tom Purcell, Renato Schiaffino

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