A mission critical challenge on any long haul road way is the method that operators keep a strong focus on the job at hand which, in some cases, proves problematic due a number of factors. Long distance non-stop and monotonous haul roads, long hours at the wheel and a number of internal and external environmental factors which can cause the vehicle operator to become fatigued behind the wheel and which in turn could potentially cause a serious accident and which in some cases have caused unforeseen fatalities along with loss of income to the operator families, the hauling company and their customer.
Operator fatigue is one of the most common causes of accidents in the mining and hauling industries today. In open-pit mining alone, around 65% of truck haulage accidents are directly related to drivers feeling tired or exhausted. The sector is all too aware of these dangers and has long been looking for systems and solutions to manage the situation.
Petrosea Tbk one of Indonesia’s leading mining and hauling companies has commenced deployment of the SNC Technologies MineSafeDrive Operator Fatigue Monitoring and Management System at its Timika, Freeport long haul operations. The hauling operations at the Petrosea Timika site span a distance of over 60km long and 10km wide and require precision and accurate hauling operations.
The MineSafeDrive system provides in-cab operator fatigue monitoring with real-time in-cab and back to base alerts to the Dispatch monitoring center over a dedicated VHF network of any operator fatigue alarms.
If a fatigue alarm is activated, then the Dispatch team will alert the vehicle operator to safely pull the haul truck over and commence the customized operator fatigue management procedures. By having real-time operator fatigue alerts both on-board and at the Dispatch center, the operations management can directly make more accurate and timely decisions on any fatigue situations before they escalate to a potential accident.
MineSafeDrive provides real-time in-cab and remote fatigue monitoring with real-time alarms and incident recordings along with in-cab view and front of cab view CCTV video recordings. In the extreme case of an incident, then the accident forensic evaluation team can view pre and post incident video recordings to assist them in their evaluations in a much faster process then previously not having actual footage. By having the availability of the video recording of the actual conditions, it then greatly assists management to formulate better operations with overall safer fatigue management practices for the safer road ahead.
Petrosea believes that by deploying MineSafeDrive that they will increase operator and over all site safety which, will in turn assists in maintaining on target and higher production rates, reduce unforeseen costs and increase overall operations efficiency.
SNCTechnologies is a division of PT SatNetCom. SNCTechnologies is the largest provider of IT and Communications systems and services to the mining, oil & gas and Transportation sectors in Indonesia and expanding internationally.
Established in 2004 and with operations throughout Indonesia, SNCTechnologies brings their broad range of technical expertise to many companies assisting them in applying technology solutions to achieve their business improvement objectives. SNCTechnologies focuses on creating innovative award winning end-to-end technology solutions to help its clients improve safety, increase productivity, provide efficiencies along with a higher equipment and systems availability supported by a 24/7 helpdesk and in-country and international support and maintenance
SNCTechnologies is based in Indonesia and headquartered in Balikpapan along with a sales and technical support office in Jakarta, its own in-house leading Research and Development (R&D) center in Bandung along with site representative offices at several of the main mine sites throughout Indonesia including Kideco, Adaro, Jembayan, Indominco, KPC, Melak, Bukit Asem and Satui sites.
MineSafeDrive is a best in class on-board fatigue monitoring and management system and forms an integral solution within the SNCTechnologies portfolio of systems and solutions tailored for the mining, oil & gas and transportation industries. MineSafeDrive can be seamlessly fitted as an add-on feature to its MineLink, MineTrack, GlobalTrack and MarineTrack FMS systems.