Surface mining is an inherently dangerous operation. With increased production targets, workers and machinery are operating at full capacity. This alongside harsh environments, challenging conditions, weather and tricky haul roads add to the complexity operators and machinery face on a daily bases.
Vehicle to Vehicle collisions are among the top five causes of high risk incidents in mines, resulting in equipment downtime, productivity losses, equipment and personnel related costs, injuries and in the worst case scenario fatalities. What mining operators need is proximity awareness technology to assist and alert in the event of a potential collision.
Proximity detection gives the operators of mining vehicles increased situational awareness by providing critical decision making safety information via a visual cue and audible alarm system.
SAFEDETECT™ operation is enabled by an advanced sensor technology – WASP – developed by the Australian CSIRO. The technology’s capability is derived from ‘time of arrival’ calculations of high frequency radio waves, providing an accurate distance range to other WASP sensors. With the use of this technology, SAFEDETECT™ can operate independent of other forms of communication networks and provides one of the most accurate detection capabilities available to the market today.
WASP™ high precision ranging technology
Detection range: up to 200m
Distance ranging accuracy: < 1 m
Fast response time (50ms)
Historic log recording
Touch screen interface
Aligned to key industry standards
Over the air configuration
Complete visibility for real time incident prevention. With proximity detection and peer-peer networking, SAFEDETECT™ Surface prevents collisions between vehicles & personnel
A case for proximity detection
Serious personal injuries as a result of mine vehicle interactions are a well known reality for mine operators. Despite significant efforts to solidify workplace controls and the advances in proximity technologies for heavy equipment, vehicle collisions and near miss interactions are still occurring at alarming rates.
Fatigue and restricted vision are often identified as the root causes of serious vehicle incidents. Evidently however, control measures tend to bias reducing fatigue rather than controlling vision or the physical characteristics of equipment.
Considerations in vehicle interactions that are sighted but relegated in actionable priority include; the conditions of the roads, intersections, the line of sight of the driver, the restricted vision of the vehicle, windrow height and fit for purpose signage.
With the limited probability of organisations altering the physical dimensions of on-site vehicles, proximity detection , collision avoidance technologies and simple administrative controls can provide the appropriate mechanism for restricted visibility circumstances – helping to alert operators of imminent interactions and the need for evasive action.