Mine sites are, by their very nature, hazardous workplaces. The combination of heavy equipment, explosives and tonnes of rock being shifted places workers at risk. Forward-thinking mine operators are continually looking for ways to improve the safety of their operations, both to protect the safety of staff and to minimise interruptions to production.
Here are three tips to optimise safety at your operation:
Maintain rigorous standards
It’s human nature to become careless about risk over time. It’s the job of mine site operators to recognise this tendency and take steps to counteract it. The safest work sites are those where PPE requirements, safety inspections, maintenance schedules and worker health regimes are rigorously enforced, leaving no room for error.
Embrace technological change
We live in an age in which technology is constantly evolving. It pays dividends both in terms of worker safety and productivity to keep abreast of new products and solutions, rather than remaining mired in the past.
Minimise human-machine interactions
One of the best ways of stopping a human being from becoming involved in an accident or incident is to completely remove them the situation where they are at risk. Autonomous drilling and hauling solutions are fast becoming commonplace within Australia, and other innovations are making workshops safer.
CR understands the safety challenges mine operators face and is continually updating its product and service offering. Take CR’s GRIPAssist safety, maintenance and productivity solution for ground engaging tools (GET). This hydraulic arm grips GET, enabling customers to safely, quickly and easily conduct change-outs, while reducing the risk of injury. Learn more about our GRIPAssist technology.