Women working heavy mine hauling equipment are faster, safer and less likely to abuse their vehicles, a landmark study by Miner PanAust Ltd has found.
Mining manager, Kel Monro, told the International Mining and Resources Conference in Melbourne that Pan Aust had conducted studies into the benefits of gender diversity, particularly in areas like operation of haul trucks (where women make up 31 per cent of PanAust crews) and in the big CAT 992 wheel-loaders where women comprise 70 per cent.
On the haul trucks, women had 17 per cent fewer incidents of operational abuse than men. They were also marginally quicker (1.5 per cent) in total cycle times.
On the big CAT 922, they were again marginally faster than men (1 per cent) and had the longest intervals between equipment failure.
In safety, women had 49 per cent fewer counselling events and 48 per cent fewer termination events, Mr Monro said.
Pan Aust is headquartered in Brisbane and has operations in Laos, China and PNG. Mr Monro said the company was now training shovel operators and seeking to identify women for supervisory roles.
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