Ken: to Macraes and back again

Ken Thomas has worked at our Macraes Operation for 26 years. He started as an operator when the mine first opened in 1990. As a contractor with Doug Hall, he operated a 773 Caterpillar Dump Truck as part of the original open pit mining fleet.

Ken continued to work in the Open Pit department, moving up through supervisor and leading hand roles. He took a break to spend three and a half years at an Egyptian mine before returning to Macraes in 2007.

Today Ken’s a Mobile Equipment Applications Specialist advising on equipment use and best mining practice.

Ken said one of his best memories during his time working at the Macraes Operation was when he first started. “At the start Doug Hall was worried that the trucks were unreliable and wouldn’t last long in a mining environment. We drove them for six months straight with no breakdowns so we we’re able to get a five year contract and really begin the Macraes Operation legacy.”

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