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Man Down Alert Newtrax

Newtrax-Enabled Cap Lamp “Man Down” Alert Saves Miner’s Life

Newtrax-Enabled Cap Lamp 'Man Down' Alert Saves Miner's Life

Man Down Alert Newtrax

On November 2, 2017, a contractor at Fresnillo’s San Julian mine, located in Mexico, went to work in the underground mine just as he normally would.

As he went down the ramp during the second shift, the miner lost consciousness and fell to the floor. Fortunately, the miner was wearing his Newtrax-Enabled safety cap lamp which was equipped with the “Man Down” feature.

This Man Down feature has been developed by Newtrax to detect cases of miners collapsing from an injury or health-related issues. If a miner remains motionless for more than 60 seconds, the person’s Newtrax-enabled cap lamp alerts crew members in the vicinity.

If the cap lamp remains still for an additional 30 seconds (90 seconds total), it will send the “Man Down” signal to rescue workers above ground while at the same time notifying team members and vehicles in the area.

This is exactly what happened last month at San Julian when the miner in question fainted while making his way underground. As soon as the surface workers received the alarm through the Newtrax web console, they sent for help.

Newtrax-Enabled Cap Lamp Man Down Feature
Injured Miner was located thanks to the Man Down alert received on surface on the Newtrax Console

Luckily, they were able to pinpoint the location of the injured miner thanks to the Newtrax location tracking system, and a group of contractors in that area was notified to aid him.

The unconscious miner was escorted outside of the mine and to a hospital nearby to get treated,  and was declared stable shortly after.

The Aftermath

The mine’s management and leadership team held a general meeting to discuss the incident a few days later, where they expressed gratitude towards the technology that helped save the life of one of their workers. They came to a consensus that investing in safety technologies was a wise decision, and proved to not only generate a quick ROI, but mostly to save a person’s precious life. It was concluded that the Newtrax-Enabled devices are more than just cap lamps, they are life-saving tools that every miner should carry when underground.

Saving lives is no easy task, and in the event of an evacuation or an injury, it is crucial to be able to locate and communicate with personnel quickly. Newtrax understands the risks that come with with underground mining, and its mission is to reduce them as much as possible to ensure a safe and productive work environment for all miners working underground.

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Miners should focus on digitisation,

Digitisation Programmes Have to Be Led from the Top

Digitisation Programmes Have to Be Led from the Top

Miners should focus on digitisation,

We just came across a recent article published by Mining Magazine on the release of EY global‘s annual ‘Business risks facing metals and mining’ report, where mining and metals advisory leader Paul Mitchell mentioned that while digital technology represented a “big opportunity”, poor application of that technology could see miners damage existing operations in their rush to take advantage of the anticipated upside.

“Our concern is that mining companies are great at mining but they’re not necessarily great at technology projects,” he said.

“Most big companies will tell you they’ve had a bit of a disaster in the technology space that didn’t work out the way they had anticipated. And those tend to be just implementing back-office systems. Now we’re saying we’re going to use technology that changes the way we mine and changes the way we define our ore bodies.

“If you’re not really clear on what you’re doing, what outcome you’re trying to achieve and how the [technology] investments fit together you’re either going to waste money or you could end up with a disaster that damages your operation and you move backwards.”

Mitchell said gathering information was merely the first part of the process – and probably the easiest part. Miners were only now hitting the really difficult part in coordinating that information to improve decision making and transforming operational cultures to facilitate that process.

“Information is great but how you pull it together, how you let it drive your decisions, and how you implement a change of culture is the real challenge,” he said.

Mitchell said most mining operations were quite rough and ready sites and not everyone on those operations were as open as they could be about accepting machine-based decision making. The difficulty in changing that culture cannot be overestimated.

Having an industry champion to aid this transformation – and it is a technology and cultural transformation as opposed to a gradual evolution – would help the process. However, unlike the push into innovation driven by Anglo American chief Mark Cutifani or the focus on cash optimisation for which Rio Tinto’s former head Sam Walsh acted as cheerleader, digitisation suffers from a leadership vacuum.

“Digital programmes tend to be a little bit devolved [and are left with] the operations team or the technology team or the innovation team but chief executives have to get involved because big change programmes – no matter what they are – have to be led from the top.”

The EY top 10 business risks are:

  1. Digital effectiveness
  2. Competitive shareholder returns
  3. Cyber
  4. New world commodities
  5. Regulatory risk
  6. Cash optimisation
  7. Social licence to operate
  8. Resource replacement
  9. Access and optimisation of energy
  10. Managing joint ventures.

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