A recent incident on 31st July, where a haul truck struck a light vehicle and dragged it for 40 metres before the driver was alerted, is yet more evidence to the point that collision avoidance systems (CAS)are absolutely necessary on mining vehicles.
Whilst the passengers of the struck vehicle had a lucky escape this time, other vehicle incidents in mining are nearly always fatal.
The critical role of CAS in mining has been highlighted for many years; by industry officials, in safety alerts and by state governments. But implementation has been slow, with many miners doubtful of its potential to hold up in mining’s tough conditions.
A key deterrent in CAS implementation, in particular in underground mining has been the certification of such systems to meet stringent intrinsically safe (IS) requirements.
Now that this has been addressed and solutions are available, international countries are paving the way, with US, India and South African governments planning for legislative changes to incorporate the use of collision avoidance technologies on all mine sites.
But safety isn’t just about saving lives. The benefits that come with it can have a significant impact on profitability and productivity, and the future financial security of your business.
The mining industry shouldn’t need any further justification for CAS other than improving safety. But just in case it does, this paper ‘A Business Case for CAS’ outlines the key advantages of integration in mining, the consequences of late CAT roll-out and the proposed legislated future of collision avoidance systems on Australia’s surface and underground mine sites.
Click here to download GE Mining’s free whitepaper.