Building a safer work environment through technology
Cy Bettjeman, also a Pilbara-based trainer with long experience in mining, says technology is revolutionising the industry.
According to Cy, it has brought about major improvements across the board, from training and safety through to monitoring, data collection and productivity.
“With a simulator we’re able to drop drivers and operators into situations they rarely see but need to be prepared for,” says Cy.
“For example, I’ve seen guys who’ve been in the mining industry for years yet have never seen a fire. We can now confront them with that situation so if it ever occurs on the job they understand what is happening and know what steps to take.”
Another improvement is on the mine floor, according to Cy. “In the old days an operator would have to get out of the cabin to do a ‘floor level’, that is, to check the floor to see they’re digging to the right grade of ore.
“It was very dangerous because you had to walk amongst the trucks and the excavators,” says Cy. “Now it’s all done by satellite so the operator doesn’t have to get out of the cabin.”
“Safety is Rio’s Tinto’s number one priority. They’re focused on the health and wellbeing of all their people,” says Cy.