State-of-the-art technology enhancing safety at Rosebery mine

Written by Michelle Zydower     August 24 2023 at 12:07 PM

MMG Rosebery is the first mine in Australia to introduce fatigue detection technology in its underground mine operations.

The operator alert system by Hexagon has for the first time been installed in underground vehicles to detect fatigue and distraction in real time during 12-hour shifts.

It further strengthens the safety measures already in place to protect Rosebery’s 530 strong workforce.

Rosebery mine General Manager Steve Scott said MMG continues to look at new and innovative ways to enhance safety across the mine site.

“Our number one value is we always think safety first, and nothing is more important than ensuring all our people go home safely at the end of each day,” he said.

“We recognise that with long shifts, fatigue can become a hazard and this technology enables us to continue to assess the fatigue risk of our underground truck operators in real time.”

The camera technology sits on the vehicle’s dashboard and will send alerts through audible sounds and seat vibration when it detects fatigue and distraction.

Rosebery mine worked with Hexagon to install the technology in 11 underground trucks with 81 operators now registered to use the system.
Mr Scott said the feedback from our people using the system has been overwhelmingly positive.

“They’ve seen real value in the technology because it not only helps them to recognise that they’re tired, but also manage their fatigue better after their shifts.

“We have a culture at Rosebery where we encourage a positive and safe workplace, and this is just another initiative that helps us achieve that,” Mr Scott said.

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