You typically think of mine site vehicles as massive haul trucks, wheel loaders, and the occasional light vehicle such as a ute or 4X4.
None of these vehicles you would equate with 'safety'.
Now two companies are providing a truly mine safety focused vehicle on site.
Emergency Transport Technology (ETT) and the Byron Group have applied the latest technologies to 4X4 modular ambulances to bring it up to the standard of today's advanced ambulances.
According to the two companies, the changes to their Land Cruiser modular ambulance design isn't just skin deep, "the thinking goes all the way to the special chassis extension".
By using computers to conduct finite element analysis (FEA) combined with practical thinking and application has ensured the development of an extension that is strong enough for the industry but also not heavy - known as ETT's load spread extension technique.
The companies have also changed the ambulance's body construction, utilising Monopan weight saving walls, custom designed composite body extrusions, modular cabinet construction, and radius corners which "give the vehicle a ruggedised reality but with the appeal of a metro-ambulance," ETT stated.
ETT went on to say that in regards to weight, the ambulance is reportedly lighter than other 4X4 modular ambulances of the same size, and is actually lighter than others which provide a smaller, compromised working environment for emergency response crews and paramedics on site.
By being a lighter it aids the vehicle in traversing the uneven mine site.
ETT added that despite its lighter weight the vehicle is still sturdy, "you could almost say it offers a built in ROPS".
The modular ambulance's internal space measures more than three metres in length, is 1.9 metres wide, and approximately 1.7 metres high.