New Acland Coal Mine Case Study

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Project:  New Acland Coal – Onsite Lockout Tagout Equipment

Scope of works: Custom Made Group Lockbox GLB-7, Padlocks and general Lockout Tagout supplies.

The New Acland mine is owned and managed by the New Hope Group.  It is located North-west of Oakey, Queensland and has been in operation from 2002 to present.  The mine provides direct jobs for more than 300 locals, 500 contractors, and contributes to 2300 more indirect jobs.  The project features two coal preparation plants in addition to a train loading facility near Jondaryan.  Key to the operation’s success is industry-leading performance in the availability of equipment and diggers – exceeding 8,000 operating hours per year. 


It is safe to say this is an extremely significant operation and safety is paramount.  In their capability statement, New Acland Coal state, “Alongside productivity performance, the company's ‘Life Rules’ safety program ensures that safety is a priority and always front of mind. Our aim is for our people to always return to their loved ones at the end of each shift, unharmed.”

Cirlock were contacted by The New Hope Group to provide Lockout Tagout equipment for the whole of the New Acland Coal site.  This involved the purchase of a number of key items for use on the site, including custom-made group lock boxes (GLB-7), padlocks and a full range of other lockout tagout equipment.

Enrico Balsamo, Project Manager at the New Acland Coal site, explained that the company looked at 3 or 4 different suppliers of Lockout Tagout equipment before deciding to purchase from Cirlock.  Enrico stated, “Cirlock had the whole range we were looking for.”  He went on to say that not only did they have a diverse range of products, they were also willing to customize products so New Acland Coal could have safety equipment for their specific site needs.

Enrico continued to say, “The service you get from the team at Cirlock is always terrific, we have never had any issues with supply and the products are always a very high standard.  That’s crucial in an industry like ours”.   

As part of their commitment to safety, New Acland Coal are now also specifying that all contractors that come on to their site must also use Cirlock safety Lockout Tagout equipment. 

Enrico Balsamo said they will continue to purchase from Cirlock and would have no hesitation in recommending both the products and service to other contacts.

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