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Around The Water Cooler

How one bottle of water can drive Australia's economic recovery

Alcoa Mining Site Delivery

Mining is a dangerous industry with high levels of work-related injuries and death, yet it has been fundamental to Australia’s culture and economy for nearly two centuries, providing employment for more than 130,000 Australians.

Especially throughout the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the mining industry has proven to be a pillar of stability.

In 2019-2020, the mining industry delivered a 10.4 per cent share of the Australian economy, making it the largest economic contributor with a $202 billion GDP, according to The Australian Bureau of Statistics.

And there are no signs of this growth coming to a halt anytime soon, further fuelling the Australian economy.

Minerals Council of Australia chief executive officer Tania Constable said: “Growth in mining industry GDP has allowed it to hire new workers while adhering to strict health and safety protocols that have protected people in their workplaces and communities around Australia.”

According to KPMG, Mining is forecast to employ about 250,000 people directly this year to generate $218 billion in export earnings for Australia. The impact of this growth is a much-needed push for Australia's recovery post COVID. But with all the projects and mines opening up across Australia and the increase in people employed by the Mining Industry, the focus must continue to be on managing and preserving their worker's health. That's where a humble bottle of water comes in.

It is widely known that a blood alcohol content at or above the legal limit will result in significant impairment in the ability to operate a vehicle. A US-based study found, that the changes in reaction time reported with DEHYDRATION may also cause similar impairment. Not only does it contribute to a decline in productivity, but it can also be associated with an increased risk of work-related accidents due to workers making preventable mistakes.

The challenges are clear: Hydration requirements for a male in an industrial work environment are almost double (~6L) compared to an office-based employee. In addition, encapsulated protective clothing can increase sweat rates up to 2.25L/h, further contributing to dehydration on work sites.

The supply of drinking water is therefore vital, not only for the health & wellbeing of workers, but to sustain a healthy growth in the Mining industry without preventable injuries and deaths.

As Neverfail, we are proud that we service leaders of Workplace Safety, such as Alcoa. Their fundamental priority is safety and in 2019 they reported their second consecutive year with no employee or contractor workplace fatalities. They need to be able to rely on suppliers like Neverfail to provide drinking water no matter where and no matter when - always on-call and delivered directly to their sites.

Just like there is a saying "Behind every successful man there is a strong woman.", we would like to believe that there is a humble 15L Neverfail water bottle behind economic growth fuelled by mining.