In its recently published 2020 ESG Report, Australian coal mining majorYancoal, majority owned by ChinasYanzhou Coal Mining Company,says it undertook severaloccupational health pilot projects in 2020 acrossvarious operations.A key pilot project included the expansionof the use of Hexagon Minings Operator Awareness System Heavy Vehicle (OAS-HV), which usesfatiguemonitoring technology to reducethe risk of fatigue-related haul truckincidents.
Yancoal stated: OAS-HV is a non-intrusivefatigue and distraction solution thatcontinuously monitors operators toproactively prevent accidents. Using aninfra-red camera, OAS-HV continuouslymonitors for eyelid closure, facial and headmovements, and other unsafe behavioursuch as mobile phone use or speedingwhile the vehicle is in motion.Although procedures to reduce fatigue riskhave previously been in place, OAS-HVenhances the effectiveness of Yancoalsfatigue detection through featuresincluding in-cabin alarm and seat vibrationthat are linked to the system that alertthe worker of unsafe events, as well as areview function that allows recorded videofootage to be used to educate workersabout fatigue and its implications.
The miner said broader implementation of this proven pilotproject across other Yancoal operations wasplanned for 2021. Yancoals surface coal mining operations include Mount Thorley Warkworth, Moolarben, Hunter Valley Operations (HVO), Cameby Downs & Middlemount (50%).