Caterpillar, Guardhat partner on surface mining safety solutions

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US equipment and machinery maker Caterpillar has partnered with Guardhat to provide safety solutions to surface mining operations via Cat dealers.

The two firms are in the process of developing a new system called Cat Connected Worker. This system will use wearable technology to provide increased protection for mine workers.

It will also deliver event-based monitoring as well as mapping to enhance the mining environment.

Cat MineStar Solutions marketing manager Bill Dears said: “Leveraging Guardhat technology, proven in challenging industrial settings, will speed development of a comprehensive, digital solution sought by mining customers.

“As a component of Cat MineStar Detect safety capabilities, Connected Worker will provide insight that will enable managers to create safer operations—and to respond quickly if an incident does occur.

Once completed, Cat Connected Worker will provide ‘precise location of all workers to the mine monitoring system’, thereby, allowing individual, team and site communication.

Data will facilitate decision making and enable monitoring workforce to understand the kind of ‘environment workers are facing in near real time’.

The Cat Connected Worker system will be supported by Cat dealers worldwide as part of Cat MineStar.