Avoidance Zones

AVOIDANCE ZONES: BUILDING VIRTUAL FENCES TO ENHANCE SAFETY


Mine sites can be dangerous places — both to the people who work there and to the equipment they operate. Mining companies are committed to preventing as many risks as possible, yet dangers remain on even the safest sites.

Mines keep people and equipment out of harm’s way by restricting the most dangerous areas. These areas may feature hazardous terrain or contain fixed assets like buildings and power lines that pose a collision risk to large mining equipment. There also may be portions of the site that are hazardous to operators, such as areas where there is excessive noise, dust or other potential threats to health and safety.

One approach to managing these restricted areas is to put up fencing that keeps people and equipment away and to install signage that warns of the potential danger. A better solution, however, is to use the latest technologies to create “virtual” fences that warn machine operators when they are approaching a restricted space.

Avoidance zone systems use global positioning, wireless radio technology and office software to map mines and create electronic fences that identify worksite boundaries. Machine operators and mine controllers can view avoidance zones on a digital display either in the cab or in the control room. Displays also show the position of other equipment in the area to give the operator complete awareness of the work environment. Multiple avoidance zones can be configured, and some systems also provide operators with an audible message that they are nearing an avoidance zone. These systems work on a wide variety of equipment, including trucks, dozers, graders, loaders, scrapers, drills, draglines, shovels and medium and light vehicles.

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AVOIDANCE ZONES: BUILDING VIRTUAL FENCES TO ENHANCE SAFETY


Mine sites can be dangerous places — both to the people who work there and to the equipment they operate. Mining companies are committed to preventing as many risks as possible, yet dangers remain on even the safest sites.

Mines keep people and equipment out of harm’s way by restricting the most dangerous areas. These areas may feature hazardous terrain or contain fixed assets like buildings and power lines that pose a collision risk to large mining equipment. There also may be portions of the site that are hazardous to operators, such as areas where there is excessive noise, dust or other potential threats to health and safety.

One approach to managing these restricted areas is to put up fencing that keeps people and equipment away and to install signage that warns of the potential danger. A better solution, however, is to use the latest technologies to create “virtual” fences that warn machine operators when they are approaching a restricted space.

Avoidance zone systems use global positioning, wireless radio technology and office software to map mines and create electronic fences that identify worksite boundaries. Machine operators and mine controllers can view avoidance zones on a digital display either in the cab or in the control room. Displays also show the position of other equipment in the area to give the operator complete awareness of the work environment. Multiple avoidance zones can be configured, and some systems also provide operators with an audible message that they are nearing an avoidance zone. These systems work on a wide variety of equipment, including trucks, dozers, graders, loaders, scrapers, drills, draglines, shovels and medium and light vehicles.

How do you prevent your machines from entering or operating in restricted areas? Share your experiences on Facebook or Twitter.

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