Regulating automation

ABOUT 13 years ago Peter O’Loughlin’s phone rang. It was Rio Tinto saying they wanted to automate some of their haul trucks. That has led to an approach to regulation that has helped Western Australia become the largest user of autonomous mining haulage in the world.

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Peter O'Loughlin believes a risk-based assessment approach is the best way forward.

O'Loughlin is Western Australia's senior mines inspector.

"They asked me what they should do," he said.

"We decided on a risk-based approach.