Founded in 2006 by Alan Vickery, Rock on Ground’s first commission was a Rio Tinto project located at Hope Downs.
The initial focus: providing specialised close to infrastructure blasting, with the blasthole drilling to be sub-contracted. The company grew quickly as the civil work increased with the major iron ore expansions by Rio Tinto, BHP, FMG and then Roy Hill. In 2010 ROG move into providing drill and blast services for mining contracts and secured its first gold mining contract with Saracen Gold Mines at Carosue Dam. Thanks to continued growth and expansion, the company today boasts a mixed fleet of top hammer, DTH hammer and RC grade control drill rigs, with 24 drill rigs in the fleet. The company also runs its own fleet of IEE Bulk Explosive trucks and provides dedicated on-site bulk explosive storage facilities.
To be the leading Control Blast Specialist.
We will maintain a sustainable business by providing our clients with a safe and cost effective blasting solution through our high quality standards and technical expertise.
- We will provide a safe working environment for all;
- We will all work towards minimising our impact on the environment;
- We will build and maintain open and honest relationships;
- We believe the more we know about our role the better we can contribute;
- We will be adaptable and flexible in an ever changing work environment;
- We will embrace change and continual improvement;
- We will all work together to achieve our goals;
- We will all contribute towards an enjoyable and rewarding work environment;
- We will achieve the same high standards in everything we do;
- We believe everyone is entitled to a fair-go in achieving these standards;
- We will provide strong leadership and guidance to our teams; and
- We will be accountable for our actions.
Founder of Rock on Ground and specializing in the drill and blast field, Alan has more than thirty years experience in the mining industry.
During the formative years of his career Alan was a respected Project Manager and Area Manager for Australia’s largest drill and blast contractor: gold projects covered included Marvel Loch, Mt Pleasant and St Ives.
Alan moved on to provide blast consultancy to BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto in the Pilbara, prior to establishing Rock on Ground.
Darren brought over 25 years of experience in the resources sector with him when he joined the team in 2010.
Having held senior management roles on the principal side with WMC Resources (now BHP) and major mining contractors Ausdrill and BGC Contracting, he can appreciate the challenges and objectives from a stakeholders position.
Nine years with Ausdrill gave Darren extensive experience in contract management, and estimation of drill and blast service.
Darren holds a Bachelor of Business from Swinburne University and is currently completing a MBA through Swinburne University.
Ben joined Rock on Ground in 2007, working in the resources sector for over a decade. Experienced in mine and construction blasting, he has worked throughout Western Australia as well as internationally.
Ben specializes in close to infrastructure construction blasting, and has successfully managed numerous projects, implementing efficient and effective blast design.
His work has helped Rock on Ground establish itself as a respected controlled blasting specialist, ensuring all blasts conformed to stringent project flyrock, overpressure and vibration restrictions.
Ben has a Bachelor of Science from Curtin University.
Eric joined Rock on Ground in 2017, after working in the resources sector for over 13 years. He previously held senior management roles with Rock Australia, Maxam Explosives and other mining and civil contractors—based around an operational foundation in exploration drilling, and drill and blast projects.
Eric has experience with Project Management, Business Development, Commercial Management and Estimating. His focus is delivering safe and efficient service that exceeds client expectations.
Eric has been involved extensively with pre-split, production, and depressurization drilling. He continually strives to find value-based solutions for a range of geological conditions.
Eric is currently completing a Bachelor of Commerce with Murdoch University.
Rob brought over 25 years of experience in the mining industry to Rock on Ground when he joined in 2012. Within the industry he is highly regarded for his expertise in managing the maintenance of drill rigs and other ancillary mining equipment.
Rob has strong people management skills. His site-based maintenance teams are always challenged and held accountable, ensuring the fleet of equipment his teams are responsible for are maintained to a high standard, resulting in maximum availability levels.
Starting with Rock on Ground in 2009, Fiona manages the administrative and support functions from the Perth Office. Her responsibilities include Accounts, Payroll, and Human Resources.
Fiona and her team excel at creating a valuable support system for our operational teams.
After 5 years as a Technical Trainer with sister company Modular Training, Simon joined Rock on Ground in 2015.
Simon is responsible for HSE, Quality and Training on our projects, while also providing technical and Government compliance standards.
He possesses over 15 years experience in the drill and blast space working for Ausdrill, BGC Contracting and Rio Tinto.
BSAFE2ZERO is our safety program developed to make employees aware of their safety at work, in camp and at home.
ZERO INJURIES | INCIDENTS | DAMAGE
We must all be committed to the vision of ZERO injuries, damage and incidents, and the belief that this can be achieved EVERY DAY.
MAKE TODAY A SAFE DAY
This program was developed to encourage everyone to be pro-active about safety in every aspect of life, thereby making safety a “state of mind”.
The aim is to concentrate all efforts on being SAFE for today. If we do this, then every day can be a SAFE day, and we will achieve our target of zero injuries, damage and incidents.
To achieve ZERO every day we will use the following three key elements that make up our BSAFE2ZERO System.
These are the commitments we will all make to achieve ZERO every day.
These are the processes Rock on Ground provides to achieve ZERO every day.
These are the steps to follow when completing a task so you can achieve ZERO every day.