[VIDEO] How-To: Fight Fatigue in the Mining Industry
Australian minig company Coal & Allied has introduced an assortment of safety changes over the years to guarantee a safer workforce. The company has teamed up with EdanSafe to introduce a “SmartCap” that will assist in better managing fatigue levels in the mining industry as well as help reduce the risk of accidents.
The mining company and EdanSafe (the brains behind the SmartCap technology) have launched a new video presenting the technology in action, as well as a real life incident between a haul truck and a grader at Coal & Allied’s Hunter Valley operations mine. The video highlights the importance of effective fatigue management, as well as the significant effects fatigue has on miner’s working ability. The video also demonstrates the SmartCap in use, including how safe and successful it has been for Coal & Allied.
The SmartCap, which looks like a standard cap, has sensors across the wearer’s forehead to monitor signs of fatigue and assess their level of alertness. One of the most important aspects of the technology is the ability to track and analyze fatigue, while measuring alertness in real time.
The video, which was featured at the NSW Mining Health and Safety conference in May 2014, was used to share leading practices, promote improvements in workplace health and reflect on recent changes and challenges. The main theme was learning from the past for a safer future, as well as an underlying focus on risk management regarding vehicles interactions and road safety.
Axora launches global challenge for digital technology
Axora is launching the world’s first international competition to discover new cost-saving digital technology for industrial companies, which can produce rapid benefits within a year.
The Metals & Mining and Oil & Gas sectors have recently experienced budget cuts of 20% on average, driven by a variety of factors including the global pandemic, slump in demand and price wars. The Axora Cost-Saving Technology Challenge aims to transform these industries by discovering innovative, digital solutions that reduce cost fast and pay for themselves, whilst achieving the same or improved productivity, health and safety and sustainability standards.
“While digital solutions can help to get work done quicker and more cost-effectively, they typically require a three-year ROI, and if there’s no flexibility in the budget, a full budget planning cycle is needed to get things moving”, said Dr. Nick Mayhew, Chief Commercial Officer, Axora.
“Yet, extra financial cost is often incurred in delaying digital projects, so customers have asked us to highlight solutions that can have an ‘in year payback’ whereby the cost spent on the solution and deployment will be more than recovered within the budget year - this accelerates the timeline and drives positive business impact, quickly.”
The Axora Cost-Saving Technology Challenge
Axora is keen to learn of any digital cost-saving innovation which: meets the 12-month payback timeframe; can be deployed in any part of the value chain including upstream, downstream or midstream oil and gas, metals processing or mining; and is ready for market. The Axora Cost-Saving Technology Challenge is open to entrepreneurs, start-ups, academics and sector leaders across the world. The competition will be judged by a panel of leading industry experts.
“We’re passionate about supporting our industries and customers through all forms of digital transformation and the cost-saving solutions we are searching for could also provide a lifeline to many mining and metals and oil and gas companies in the current economic climate,” added Dr. Mayhew.
Improving productivity, safety and sustainability
Up to ten finalists will be chosen to pitch their solutions at a digital pitch day later this year, after which Axora will validate the ROI models and vet the solutions. The winner will receive the ‘Axora Market Accelerator’ sales and marketing package worth £10,000. This includes a two-hour workshop, promotion through Axora’s thought leadership content and inclusion into its digital demand engines, providing the opportunity for the winning solution to benefit thousands of industrial companies. Entries are open until May 31. Full details of the competition including terms and conditions can be found here.
To learn more about the Axora B2B digital solutions marketplace read our feature in the latest issue of Mining Global magazine.