In South Africa, achieving “Zero Harm” is more than a slogan, it is a commitment to eliminate safety incidents at mines. At the forefront of this initiative is Anglo American’s Kumba Iron Ore Limited. By introducing new safety technologies at its operations, Kumba is reducing work hazard exposure for mine operators.
In its 2019 Sustainability Report, Kumba outlined how it is using Hexagon’s collision avoidance technology as part of a strategy to reduce risks for operators. The company has already completed a rollout of HxGN MineProtect Collision Avoidance System (CAS) at Sishen to all at-risk heavy mining and services equipment. It has also incorporated HxGN MineProtect Vehicle Intervention System (VIS) as an additional layer of safety.
Understanding CAS and VIS
Through a cabin display unit, CAS protects all mining vehicles, assets, and vehicle operators within 500 meters in open pit mines. The solution provides 360-degree awareness for surrounding vehicles and selected assets, as well as a technology-leading collision avoidance function based on path prediction.
Integrating VIS , a Level-9 collision avoidance system, automatically takes control of the propulsion system of the vehicle in defined situations if the operator does not react appropriately to the warning provided by CAS.
These solutions can be integrated with other Hexagon technologies to provide even more comprehensive safety coverage.
Managing organizational change with data
Implementing an effective safety strategy takes more than just technology. Kumba is constantly improving its organizational learning through a comprehensive incident reporting and investigation process. By using HxGN MineEnterprise CAS Analytics’ reporting capabilities, decisionmakers have full access and interpretation of incident data for continuous safety improvements. This lets them monitor and make safety recommendations with accountability and transparency.
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