Going deep to improve drill safety
Sandvik Mining collaborated with Barrick Gold equipment operators to evaluate a prototype of the Sandvik DR461i rotary drill rig at Barrick’s Cortez mine in Nevada, US.
“The EDEEP process allows Sandvik engineers to see through the eyes of our customers and may help us to identify potential risks that are related to operator safety,” says product safety manager Darlene Dutcher.
As part of the EDEEP programme, Barrick personnel conducted a risk assessment of tasks required of the Sandvik DR461i rig. They ran the drill in day-to-day operations, and as each step of the drilling process was completed they identified potential hazards from their perspective.