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The 9 Levels of EMESRT Safety

EMESRT (Earthmoving Equipment Safety Round Table) is a global initiative in the mining industry that promotes the safe and responsible use of earthmoving equipment. The organization focuses on identifying and addressing the root causes of accidents and incidents involving earthmoving equipment in mining operations, and promoting best practices for their prevention.

EMESRT was formed in 2008 by a group of global mining companies who recognized the need for a coordinated approach to improving earthmoving equipment safety. The organization is made up of representatives from mining companies, equipment manufacturers, and other industry stakeholders.

EMESRT’s activities include the development of safety guidelines and standards for earthmoving equipment, the sharing of information and best practices, and the promotion of safety awareness and training programs. The goal of the organization is to reduce the number of accidents and incidents involving earthmoving equipment in mining operations, and to ensure the safety of workers and the public.

EMESRT has established various levels of incident control:


Improve the design of mines and equipment

  • Site requirements:  machinery specifications, mine design, standards [YEARS]
  • Segregation controls:  berms, access control, traffic segregation (MONTHS)


Increase operational discipline. This can include supports for existing controls

  • Operating procedures:  maintenance, traffic rules, quality control [WEEKS]
  • Authority to operate: training, qualification, licenses, induction [DAYS]
  • Physical state to operate: state of fatigue, drugs and alcohol, medications [TURN]
  • Operational compliance:  safety test, pre-start, machinery status [HOURS]


Introduce Technology to Alert, Advise (Level 8) and Intervene (Level 9)

  • Notice to the operator: cameras, real-time maps, mirrors, lights [MINUTES]
  • Alert controls: proximity alert, fatigue, overspeed [SECONDS]
  • Intervention controls: intervention to reduce speed, braking [MILLISECONDS]