Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Honored with Mine Safety Technology Award

SOURCE: Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc.


Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold was recently honored with a Mine Safety Technology Innovations Award from the U.S. National Institute on Occupation Safety and Health.

The award was created to recognize extraordinary efforts to apply technology in ways that improve mine worker safety. Freeport-McMoRan was given the award for its adoption of the Driver State Sensor fatigue monitoring system in mine haul trucks.

Driver State Sensor uses cutting-edge, eye-tracking technology to detect operator drowsiness and distraction. The system uses a fully automatic, console-mounted camera that tracks driver eye and eyelid behavior to determine the onset of fatigue the instant it occurs. In the event of fatigue, in-cab audio and seat vibration alarms immediately sound to alert the driver, and site dispatchers are notified in real-time.

For further information about Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc.’s focus on safety, please visit their website at

Please see the 2011 Working Toward Sustainable Development Report for more information on all of their social, economic and environmental efforts.

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