SAFETY IN MINING: USING TECHNOLOGY TO SHAPE CULTURE

SAFETY IN MINING: USING TECHNOLOGY TO SHAPE CULTURE


Because mine work can be hazardous, safety is a critical aspect of a mining operation’s culture. Leadership teams are challenged to foster an environment in which every employee is inspired to think, act and work safely.

Efforts to shape culture typically involve the human side of mining. Some companies form safety teams and conduct mine safety training. Others create special programs, publicizing goals and rewarding desired behavior. While these activities are often effective, a mine’s safety culture can also be reinforced by investing in technologies that make mine work safer.

Take object detection systems, for example. Basic systems use multiple cameras and in-cab displays to keep operators informed about hard-to-see objects. More advanced technologies add radar capabilities that automatically detect and alert operators to potential hazards on site. Some systems even detect objects beyond the reach of radar, using Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) capabilities.

Miners who invest in technologies like these communicate a powerful message about their organization’s commitment to safety in mining. Operators are reminded of that commitment every time they check an in-cab display and spot a potential hazard, get an alert about an object entering a critical zone near their machine, or receive a warning about a soft spot in a haul road or proximity to an avoidance area.

Investing in objection detection systems—or other technologies that make mine work safer—makes a strong statement about a mine’s culture. It is a constant reminder to employees that mine safety is the top priority, providing strong evidence that the company is serious about protecting people.

How does your organization use technology to demonstrate safety values? What tools and systems have you deployed to promote mining safety? Do your long-term procurement plans include new technologies to make your mining products even safer? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter.


 


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SAFETY IN MINING: USING TECHNOLOGY TO SHAPE CULTURE


Because mine work can be hazardous, safety is a critical aspect of a mining operation’s culture. Leadership teams are challenged to foster an environment in which every employee is inspired to think, act and work safely.

Efforts to shape culture typically involve the human side of mining. Some companies form safety teams and conduct mine safety training. Others create special programs, publicizing goals and rewarding desired behavior. While these activities are often effective, a mine’s safety culture can also be reinforced by investing in technologies that make mine work safer.

Take object detection systems, for example. Basic systems use multiple cameras and in-cab displays to keep operators informed about hard-to-see objects. More advanced technologies add radar capabilities that automatically detect and alert operators to potential hazards on site. Some systems even detect objects beyond the reach of radar, using Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) capabilities.

Miners who invest in technologies like these communicate a powerful message about their organization’s commitment to safety in mining. Operators are reminded of that commitment every time they check an in-cab display and spot a potential hazard, get an alert about an object entering a critical zone near their machine, or receive a warning about a soft spot in a haul road or proximity to an avoidance area.

Investing in objection detection systems—or other technologies that make mine work safer—makes a strong statement about a mine’s culture. It is a constant reminder to employees that mine safety is the top priority, providing strong evidence that the company is serious about protecting people.

How does your organization use technology to demonstrate safety values? What tools and systems have you deployed to promote mining safety? Do your long-term procurement plans include new technologies to make your mining products even safer? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter.


 

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