For many years, the mining industry has suffered globally from equipment–related incidents that have resulted in losses, significantly including fatalities, but also major equipment modifications by the mining customer.

Mining companies recognize that Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) can, and have demonstrated improvements in equipment designs, especially when they have understood the operational and maintenance risks from the customer perspective.

In 2005, this issue evolved into a formal global mining initiative, driven by a desire to fill the knowledge gap between customers and equipment designers whilst focusing on new designs where opportunity for major change was not only possible but also more economic.

The Earth Moving Equipment Safety Round Table (EMESRT) is a global initiative involving major mining companies. EMESRT engages with key mining industry Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) to advance the design of the equipment to improve safe operability and maintainability beyond Standards.

A mining customer – OEM engagement strategy was developed and initial engagement was supported by resources such as Design Philosophies and a ‘beyond Standards’ analysis method called the Operation and Maintainability Analysis Technique (OMAT)