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VIST Group raises the bar on safety across mining operations at Russia’s largest gold producer

Company implements Orlaco “Collision Avoidance System” solution to ensure the safety of vehicle operators at Polyus

VIST Group (part of ZYFRA Group), an industry leader in the development and implementation of information technologies for digital mining, and exclusive dealer of Orlaco, in Russia and the CIS countries, has announced the latest implementation of the Orlaco “Collision Avoidance System”.  The solution will be implemented across the gold mining fleet owned by Polyus, Russia’s largest gold producer, to ensure the highest safety standards.

‘With 30% of all accidents in the workplace in 2018 caused by mobile equipment according to the International Council of Mining and Metals, health and safety surrounding vehicle usage is critical. At VIST, we have proved our capability in increasing the safety of mining operations through the implementation of cutting-edge solutions,” said German Popov, Head of the Division at VIST Group.

The Orlaco ‘Collision Avoidance System’ consists of a set of cameras and radars mounted on mining equipment. The information is then communicated to the driver via a monitor, allowing them greater spatial awareness of their vehicle and the surrounding area. The features include a built-in warning system which automatically alerts the transport operator to any equipment, people, boulders, poles and other stationary structures within a 30-meter radius. Overall the system has been designed to provide operators with greater control over their vehicle for maneuvering, mainly where space is tight, other vehicles or people may be present in large numbers, and, or, weather conditions prove prohibitive, to ensure the utmost level of safety.

The implementation of this latest safety solution follows on the heels of the company’s earlier 2017 initiative, when a similar Orlaco safety system was implemented at the Krasnoyarsk business unit of Polyus. According to the results of the survey into the performance of the solution: 77% of mining equipment operators were fully satisfied with the installed system and its ease of use, 78% noted an increase in the level of safety in work, and 75% evaluated the additional visibility provided by the cameras in the dark positively.