Safety is always high on the priority list within the construction,
quarrying and mining industries.
Gone are the days when underground mines used ca-
naries to detect methane gases, etc. as modern detec-
tion methods have evolved.
Today, advanced technology takes mine safety to a
new level and is being adopted in parts of the world
where safety has not necessarily been given the priority
A pioneer in this area is the international group,
formed in Australia,
Remote Control Technologies (RCT)
who provide solutions around the world.
Improving safety should not be seen as a cost but as
an investment, because the return in pro-
ductivity it makes possible is often under
Safety With Economic
Canadian-miner Eldorado Gold’s decision
to deploy RCT’s Smart Technology at its
White Mountain gold mine in north-east-
ern China saw the site strengthen its safe-
ty culture, as well as increase mine pro-
ductivity at the same time.
Prior to implementing the new technology, White
Mountain utilised handheld Line-of-Sight equipment
which required two workers (one to remote control the
machine and the other to manually control the bucket)
to operate the one machine in order to adhere to reg-
The site wanted to utilise proven technology to in-
crease both safety and productivity on site and it was
decided that installing RCT’s ControlMaster Teleremote
system onto its Caterpillar R1700 loader was the best
way to achieve these outcomes.
Increasing mine safety
and productivity in
Photo: Copyright © 2016 Eldorado Gold Corp.
Operators control the Cat R1700 load-
er equipped with RCT’s ControlMaster
Teleremote system from the comfort
and safety of a remote trailer mounted
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