Industrea has been awarded a $2.2 million grant by the Australian Government to develop a driver safety management system that targets a reduction in the number of incidents on mining sites caused by driver fatigue.
The innovative system uses vehicle, driver and biometric indicators to give an early warning of the onset of fatigue so that preventative action can be taken before an incident occurs.
The early warning system can be used for both heavy earthmoving and light service vehicles.
The system also includes a personnel communication device that will provide increased level of safety for personnel working alone in remote areas of the mine.
The multi-million dollar commercial ready grant was announced today by Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane.
The winning of the grant was recognition of Industrea’s growing status as a global provider of mining products and services, predominantly in the productivity and safety areas.
In the past 24 months Industrea’s strategy has targeted the strongly interlinked areas of productivity and safety equipment and this grant allows IDL to build on its suite of products in these areas.
Industrea is already supplying global mining companies BHP/BMA and Anglo Coal with collision avoidance technology for their mine mobile equipment fleets.
The remarkable growth in the mining sector globally has been accompanied by greater expectations of improved mine safety especially as the industry modernises in key markets such as Australia, South America, China and Eastern Europe.
Improved productivity and safety is also becoming paramount for companies in the face of labour shortages.
Industrea is well placed to capitalise on this demand through its expanding range of products and innovative technologies. This grant will further strengthen that ability by allowing Industrea to value-add to a rapidly expanding client base for mine vehicle and personnel safety management systems globally.
The awarding of the grant comes just a month after Industrea announced it had secured its maiden contract in the burgeoning Russian resources market with a deal to supply directional drilling and coal seam degasification equipment from its subsidiary Advanced Mining Technologies (AMT).
In the past year Industrea has signed material contracts with BHP/BMA, Anglo Coal and the China-based Shenhua Coal Group.