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ISSUE 3: Automation keeping underground workers safe at LKAB Malmberget Mine

Underground mining can be a dangerous business, and the safest operator is one who doesn’t need to go underground at all. Using Caterpillar’s MINEGEM system — a precursor to Cat Minestar™ — mining company LKAB has enabled their operators to run multiple machines all from the comfort of a control room on the surface. This allows for safer, more efficient operation and a significant reduction in injury risk.

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ISSUE 3: Miners speak with one voice on equipment safety

Safety is priority number one for everyone in the mining industry, from machine operators to company executives. In 2006, eight of the largest companies in the industry banded together to form the Earth Moving Equipment Safety Round Table. EMESRT is a unique partnership aimed at sharing resources and best practices while encouraging manufacturers to improve Human Factors of design — all with the intent of making mines safer.

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ISSUE 2: Steady and straightforward approach drives Ravensworth to success

Sometimes everything comes together. At Xstrata’s Ravensworth Mine in New South Wales, Australia, a good deposit, favorable geology, a skilled workforce and a focus on safety all combine to make a mine that’s been a stable, high-volume producer of coal since 1972.

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ISSUE 1: Technology keeping workers safe in Australian underground mine

Keeping operators safe is the first priority for Leviathan Resources Ltd. At the company’s historic Stawell mine, Leviathan is working with Caterpillar to keep underground employees safe in the easiest way possible: removing them from dangerous areas. Using Cat MINEGEM — a precursor to Cat Minestar™ — Stawell’s operators can control machines remotely from a safe, comfortable room with no loss in efficiency or productivity.

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ISSUE 1: Seeing clearly: Improved visibility means safer mine sites

A mine site in operation looks like a busy anthill, with dozens of vehicles traveling back and forth. But when some of the vehicles are three stories tall, it’s critical that all operators be aware of their surroundings. Cat truck cabs are designed for maximum visibility; but by using technologies like cameras, radar sensors and RFID tagging, Caterpillar is able to further increase visibility and keep everyone safer.

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