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Achieving Zero Harm with Autonomous Operations

Autonomous operations are crucial to improving health and safety in mines.

While mine operators must comply with the health and safety standards enforced by the Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA), mining operations put workers in hazardous environments where accidents, human error, and rule flouting are inevitable.

To achieve zero harm objectives, mining companies must reform the ways they work with autonomous operations.

Key fact: 40% of mining injuries are caused by bodily exertion, 27% by equipment and objects, and 16% by falls

Remote operating centres, automated equipment, and geofencing are key hazard prevention tools that facilitate zero harm mining operations. They will be especially useful at improving underground mining safety by limiting workers’ exposure to toxic atmospheric contaminants, and removing them from environments where collapse, fires, floods, and explosions are common risks.

Introducing autonomous operations to mining sites takes workers out of hazardous environments without sacrificing productivity. In fact, the use of remote controlled equipment and monitoring systems often leads to better production throughput, reduced running costs, and more accurate operations.

Key fact: Remote controlled mining equipment can increase production growth by 15-20%

Benefits

  • Fewer workers required for hazardous processes

  • Mining operations are made more efficient and accurate

  • Increased productivity and reduced running costs

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