What are some of the human weaknesses that we have to work around in mining?
Scott: Unfortunately, humans have lapses, and we aren't 100% attentive at all times. Fatigue often contributes to this, especially during a long shift. Operators also receive a lot of information that can be distracting – maybe they're preoccupied with meeting a productivity goal and don't notice that they're tailgating another truck.
From our perspective, there will always be errors. Hence, it's our job to help ensure that if an operator isn't paying attention or is incapacitated, there won't be an incident leading to severe injury or death.
Of course, you also want to reduce incidents that can cause equipment damage. For example, driving a haul truck too fast in hot weather can ruin its tires which are very expensive to replace.