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Author - Richard Szabo

Richard Szabo is an award-winning editor with more than 15 years' experience in news writing at mainstream and niche media organisations. He has a specialty in mining and business reporting.

Driverless truck obstacle course

Driverless truck achieves goal at mine site trial

An autonomous heavy vehicle successfully completed an obstacle course with a roaring finish. One autonomous dump truck recently showed it was nimble enough to overcome a series of challenges and...

CAT D11 teleremote dozer

Mining giant rolls out driverless machinery

A multinational resources company is deploying a new earthmoving equipment fleet that requires no operator in the cabin. Rio Tinto confirmed WesTrac and Caterpillar recently supplied a new tele...

Fail safe brake interlocks

Malfunctioning fail-safe brake hospitalises worker

Authorities are investigating how a mine employee became injured despite safeguards in place. Resources Safety and Health Queensland (RSHQ) wants to know exactly how a runaway, light vehicle recently...

Roy Hill accommodation

FIFO employees demand end to ‘draconian’ lockdown

Remote workers urged their employer to unconditionally free them from arbitrary isolation at mine accommodation. Fly-in fly-out (FIFO) employees want to be released from a continuing lockdown at...

Thiess at Mount Holland Mine

Contractor mobilises at mining operation

A resources services company prepared and organised its workforce at a metal development. Thiess Australia recently finished mobilising its crew at Covalent Lithium’s Mount Holland Mine, 308km...

Light vehicle pedestrian accident

Multi-vehicle collision pins coal worker

A mine employee might consider buying a lotto ticket after being fortunate enough to walk away from a pile-up accident. One coal worker was recently sandwiched between utility vehicles at an...

Manigurr-Ma Camp

Drink limit imposed due to poor work environment

Employers will restrict the number of alcoholic beverages workers consume after widespread complaints about substandard conditions. Several companies will impose a daily four-drink cap and takeaway...

Bulldozer

Wrong step sends worker to emergency department

An employee learnt the hard way to take greater care when exiting machinery. One operator was recently hospitalised with serious injuries after falling from his dozer. The worker had finished...