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We hate it when we hear about a fatal accident on a mine site. We can’t help feeling that even though the industry has taken significant steps to prevent worker injury, there is still more to be done.

According to Safe Work Australia, the mining industry has the third highest fatality rate of any industry, with an average of 9 fatalities each year.

We understand the mining industry presents unique challenges in the field of worker safety. An uncertain work environment can make compliance with safety regulations challenging to monitor.

While it’s possible to improve mine site safety through the identification and minimisation of hazards, including environmental and equipment-based factors, we feel that implementing structured automation processes will further reduce the incidence of worker injury.

Mine site worker risks can include:

  • body stressing, manual handling and musculoskeletal disorders
  • slips trips and falls
  • being hit by moving objects or machinery
  • working with high-risk plant

Why Mine Safety?

In any healthy workplace, safety is an essential component. Mines are particularly hazardous environments with more significant potential for large-scale injury and loss of life than for many other workspaces, thus making mine safety an ever-present concern.

As mine sites increase in size and depth, and mining companies continue to grow and include more workers, meeting safety challenges require the development of specific practices and equipment designed to provide miners with the warning and protection they need to prevent or minimise accidents.

Creating Safer Mine Sites

A combination of comprehensive safety rules and regulations, along with technological equipment that reduces hazards and risks helps develop safer mines. Mineral extraction and transport via automation and conveyor have reduced the incidence of worker injuries, while GPS location and proximity warning technology have lowered the rate of transport accidents.

Personal safety equipment has increased in both efficacy and transportability, allowing miners to carry protective gear needed with them at all times.

How can ACS help?

Auto Control Systems has designed, developed and manufactured automated solutions for mine site with the aim of reducing worker injury and fatalities.

If you are interested in securing automation solutions for your mine site, contact ACS today.

 

 

Auto Control Systems is dedicated to providing clients with innovative automation solutions customised to suit your specific application

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