Newmont has delivered first production from autonomous haulage at the Boddington gold mine in Western Australia.
Newmont chief technology officer Dean Gehring has warned that the introduction of new technologies can cause distractions on-site.
Newmont has minimised staffing levels at its operations significantly, stating that the health and safety of its people and host communities is “paramount” to the company.
Newmont has implemented its business continuity plans in response to the coronavirus pandemic to protect the health and safety of its workforce.
Newmont will be the first company to enhance open pit gold mine safety using Caterpillar’s autonomous mining trucks.
A Responsible Mining Index (RMI) report into the workplace culture of 30 mining majors has shown that while safety is a priority for the companies involved, there are still several areas that could be improved.
Caterpillar and Newmont Mining have announced a technology collaboration to improve underground hard rock autonomous vehicles.