BMA calls for transition to automated haul trucks following incident

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BHP Mitsubishi Alliance’s (BMA) focus on introducing automation has increased after two dump trucks collided at an intersection on the main haul road at the Saraji mine in Queensland on ANZAC day.

The operators of both trucks sustained no physical injuries and have been monitored since the incident.

BMA also notified the Queensland Mines Inspectorate (QMI), with an inspector attending the site the following day.

It launched its own investigation, with BMA also undertaking an incident cause analysis methodology (ICAM) report.

“Given that international investigation is still active, we aren’t looking to comment further on the specifics of the incident, however it highlights one of the key reasons that automated haul trucks are being introduced at our Goonyella Riverside mine and are now being considered at Daunia – because it will make them safer,” a BMA spokesperson said.

“We must continue to be vigilant and ensure we find hazards at all of our mines before they find us.”

The QMI has released the scene to BMA to continue their investigation and submit the findings to the QMI.