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Ways Mining Robots are Replacing Humans

Insurance CIO Outlook | Sunday, April 17, 2022

According to research, up to 1,000 human miners die in the US each year as a result of factors such as falling, an explosion, or machinery.

Fremont, CA: The mining industry frequently has an impact on everyday life, from the mica found in glittery eyeshadows to the coal that helps create energy to power homes. However, as one of the most dangerous jobs in the world, mining can also result in death. According to the International Labour Organization, mining jobs only accounted for one percent of the world's labor force less than a decade ago, but they accounted for eight percent of fatal accidents (ILO). According to research, up to 1,000 human miners die in the US each year as a result of factors such as falling, an explosion, or machinery.

Benefits of Mining Robots

Even as mining robots are replacing humans in the field, these underground robots also provide several advantages to the mining industry. Mining robots not only save lives but also increase efficiency. This means that mining companies can save money by having robots work around the clock. Mining robots of various types, such as deep-sea mining robots, self-driving ore trucks, and automated drill rigs, can help achieve these objectives.

Drilling Ore from the Earth with Automated Drill Rigs

Mining robots also aid in the preservation of human lives by drilling ore from the ground. These automated drill rigs aid in the extraction of ore from the Earth. Explosives are required to break apart rocks when drilling for ore from the ground, posing a risk to humans. Human miners would also need to use conventional equipment to drill the holes into which the explosives would be placed. However, in addition to saving human lives, these automated drilling rigs help to increase productivity and save time. This is due to the fact that drilling rigs can create holes faster than human miners using standard equipment.

Self-Driving Ore Trucks

The same technology that powers self-driving trucks is being used to automate ore-carrying self-driving trucks. This makes it easier for mining companies to extract ore from hazardous underground locations where human miners' safety is jeopardized. These self-driving ore trucks can also easily maneuver underground, thanks to radar and laser technology. Rio Tinto's driverless haul trucks, for example, avoid obstacles by utilizing lasers and radar sensors. In the ore mines, these self-driving trucks also use GPS systems for navigation.

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