Richard Cohen

Richard is the Managing Director Port, Rail & Core Services for the Rio Tinto iron ore business. He has accountability for the end to end supply chain moving iron ore from 16 mines across the Pilbara through the rail network and on to customers via four ports terminals at Dampier and Cape Lambert.
Richard is also responsible for the Dampier Salt business and the provision of core services including towns and facilities management, support infrastructure, utilities and associated services across the iron ore operations.
Prior to this role, Richard was based in California as Managing Director for Rio Tinto Borates & Lithium, where he led an international team across seven sites on two continents – USA and Europe, including the largest mining operation in California.
Richard commenced with Rio Tinto as a graduate engineer, spending the first 17 years of his career living residentially in the Pilbara. In addition to his experience across mines, ports, studies and projects, Richard spent five years as the General Manager of the Rio Tinto Iron Ore Rail Division and three years as Project Director of AutoHaul, the world’s first automated heavy-haul long distance rail network.
Richard holds a Bachelor’s Degree in both Commerce and Engineering, with 1st Class Honors, from the University of Western Australia.

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AusRAIL Custom Stand Venue guidelines

All temporary structures will be professionally designed, structurally sound and will contain reasonable provision for:

  • Safety of persons to be accommodated in the event of fire including means of egress
  • Prevention of fire
  • Suppression of fire
  • Patrons must give consideration for wheelchair access to the Stand (NCC – Section D3.3) The reduction of the existing level of fire protection is not permissible.

Designers and builders have an obligation to design and construct to these principles and any relevant standards or legislation while meeting the special needs of their client. Parts of these principles include:

  • Stands over 18m2 where roofing is fitted must have a “Smoke Detection Device” and have a fire extinguisher installed. The recommended material for the roofing is “shark tooth” type material that allows water penetration from sprinklers and fire cannon.
  • Audience chairs within a temporary structure must be secured in groups of not less than 4 and not more than 16. Maximum seats in each row must not exceed 8 where there is an aisle at one end only or 16 where there are aisles on both sides of the row. (NCC NSW H101.11.1).