Safety improved at Savage River with remote controls


Grange Resources is improving safety on-site by fixing RCT remote controls on its mobile equipment. Operators at the Savage River mine in Tasmania, Australia, can control the machines from a safe location, away from potential hazards brought on by the frequent heavy rainfall experienced in the area.

RCT initially installed line-of-sight remotes on two of the site’s Cat D10T dozers. Pleased with the performance of the technology, a Hitachi EX1200 excavator was also equipped with the package, allowing operators to interchange the machine with a rock breaker attachment.

The excavator was being used to dig holes and trenches and perform batter scaling, and the modification would see the machine being used for normal excavation works and for rock breaking if there was a blockage in the main crusher.

“RCT was very professional and came up with a package that suited our requirements,” said Savage River’s mobile maintenance manager, Greg Ling. “Combining the two attachments on the one machine allows the site to increase productivity as there’s no need to change machines. In addition to this, the training received from RCT was excellent. In turn, it enabled us to complete the minor services needed on the systems ourselves.

“All in all, the RCT systems are generally trouble-free and easy-to-use. All the systems have provided Savage River with the tools necessary to carry out high-risk work, while keeping our people safe, allowing them to operate mobile machinery away in either a dedicated remote station or a Landcruiser troop carrier,” said Ling.

July 7, 2017


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