The US-based work safety Institute, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is recognizing two companies as this year’s Mine Safety and Health Technology Innovations Awards winners.
Honorees are selected for the significant advancements they have made to enhance mine safety by applying technology or improve processes in innovative ways.
In the Metal Sector, Copper Miner Freeport-McMoRan Inc. paired multiple existing sensor technologies on haul trucks with big data technology to detect operator behaviours that fall outside of established safe operating practices.
Using millions of data points generated daily by technologies across multiple mining sites allows Freeport-McMoRan to provide timely, relevant information back to haul truck operators, supervisors and trainers. The result was a tremendous improvement in the health and safety of their operations.
In the Coal Sector, Matrix Design Group, a subsidiary of Alliance Resource Partners, developed a system that uses artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to prevent collisions of mobile surface equipment, as well as collisions involving machines and workers.
The system uses a network of rugged cameras paired with AI and computer vision technology to alert operators to blind spots and hazards. The adaptable system can be set as a Collision Warning System or as a Collision Avoidance System with controls to slow or stop equipment.
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