GMSG and EMERST joint workshop tackles technology standards for safety

GMSG and EMSERT joint workshop

The Global Mining and Standards Group (GMSG) joined forces with the Earth Moving Equipment Safety Round Table (EMESRT) to host “Innovative Solutions to Drive a Safer Mining Workplace through Technology” a workshop focused on both groups' recent efforts to establish technology standards for improving safety and performance of mining equipment.

The workshop will be held on August 15, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Montreal, in conjunction with the World Mining Congress (WMC) and the International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction and Mining (ISARC).

“Historically, companies have asked OEMs for safety features that went beyond ISO standards, however the requests were often splintered and divergent, and manufacturers could not justify the costs of making most changes. As a result, companies have been forced to modify or retrofit equipment in order to mitigate safety deficiencies in mobile equipment designs before they go into service, impacting production and financial returns. This struggle is not unique, and has left many wondering, how can we correct this self-perpetuating situation? EMESRT is the way,” said Ben Scholz, principal mine engineer, Mine Engineering, Technical Services at Newmont.

This event is lauded by industry members as a great stride towards achieving a safer mining workplace. The workshop offers real-time, relevant discussion. For instance, workshop participants will be among the first to witness the proof-of-concept for a unified user interface for large shovels.

For more information or to register visit the EMESRT-GMSG Workshop website or contact Heather Ednie, managing director of the GMSG.