AUSTRALIA’S mining industry plays a vital role in the national economy, attracting billions of dollars in export income, employing more than 750,000 Australians and supporting communities across the country. Its enviable safety record is recognised globally and Moddex has played an important role in that achievement.

Moddex supplies Australasian mining companies with quality handrails, guardrails and other barrier products, offering vital protection for workers, machine operators and mining equipment. Moddex is a recognised pioneer and innovator of protective barriers in today’s mining, workplace and construction sectors.

The company’s barrier systems have been installed across mining accommodation and construction camps throughout WA, Northern Territory, South Australia and both islands of New Zealand. Recently, Moddex barrier systems were installed at one of Australia’s largest resources projects – the Wheatstone Construction Village on the Pilbara coast of WA, which will ultimately accommodate 5000 workers for the new Wheatstone LNG project.

The Moddex development manager said the company is the supplier of choice for mining barrier protection.

“The ongoing feedback we receive from the industry is that we offer the toughest, no-weld, rapid install barrier systems on the market,” he said.

“But what also attracts the attention of mine site managers is the unique modular flat packed delivery of our handrails, which has saved some of our customers at least 20 per cent saving on their delivery costs. Not to mention the shortened lead times, no need for special design or engineering and cost savings all round.”

The company can also accommodate harsh climatic conditions and ongoing time pressures of mine site operations – Moddex’s modular hot dip galvanised barrier systems delivered a secure, flexible, corrosion resistant solution.

Moddex was able to fit BHP Billiton’s Mount Whaleback iron ore mine in WA with barriers for protection in areas of the beneficiation plant. The site’s wet process area presented challenges for the use of traditionally welded handrails on-site. There were also many rubber linked process pipes where hot works and associated sparks would create serious safety risks. The Moddex no-weld system solved all of these issues; with extensive barrier protection safely installed while the plant was still running, preventing the site shutting down the plant, which would have resulted in significant economic costs.

Its barrier systems were selected for the Port Hedland Gateway Village, comprising a mix of two-storey construction accommodation and high-standard one and two storey lodgings for 1240 operations personnel working on the Roy Hill Iron Ore Project in the Pilbara.

Installed across 50 stairways and 30 ramps, Moddex systems were selected for robust construction, quality, appearance and ease of installation, with a price well within budget.

Moddex approaches barrier protection differently to other suppliers; a proprietary modular design meets every required standard for all applications. Preconfigured, pre-engineered and available off the shelf, Moddex barrier systems save on design and engineering costs.

The systems require no welding during installation, saving hot works permits, specialist trade costs and site shutdowns during installation. With no damage to the galvanised rails, there was no need to paint around the rail joints.

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