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Boulby workers win new mining accreditation

(Right to Left) Neil Hudson; Mike Smith, and Steven Easton.


A brand new mining accreditation has been awarded to two workers at the ICL Boulby mine in east Cleveland. They both work for the contracting services company AMCO who provide the shaft/block work maintenance skills.

 Both Neil Hudson & Steven Easton successfully completed training and have received certificates of competence as shafts men. These are crucial posts held by workers who maintain the integrity of the shaft workings, and complete all maintenance and repairs,

“Without these guys the mine would stop,” said Mike Smith training manager at ICL Boulby. “It’s the latest part of our continuing drive to ensure all workers are trained to the highest possible standard and competent in operations, whatever their role,” he added.

The competency framework was developed by the training department at Boulby and has been certificated by the Mineral Products Qualification Council (MPQC). This organisation was established to provide qualifications specifically aimed at the mining and quarrying industry.

The men received their awards from Andrew Fulton, General Manager at ICL Boulby: “This shows just how significant a role accredited training can play in monitoring and improving standards, something we continually seek to do,” he said. “That this has come about as a result of a training programme devised here at Boulby gives us great satisfaction. We would be happy to share the competency metrics underpinning the programme – but we’re not sharing the highly competent workers coming from it,” he added.