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Lower your Truck Maintenance Costs: Women Earthmover Truck Operators are showing the Way

I have noted a few articles over the last several months concerning mines around the world that have discovered (stumbled across is more like it) something so obvious that it took us to the new millennium to discover it: the innate care of women make them the perfect candidates to operate your fleet of CAT 997’s. See for yourself what others have been saying:

  • “Women tend to take more care of the machine and don’t abuse the brakes or the engine,” said Cristian Silva, who trains people to drive Caterpillar Inc. trucks and earth-moving equipment in Santiago for Vancouver-based Finning International Inc. “Operating the machine better means more profits.”
  • Andrew Duggan, commercial manager of Argentina and Uruguay for Vancouver’s Finning International Inc., which is a major dealer in Caterpillar equipment to the mining industry, said female truckers often follow rules and directions better than their male counterparts.
    “More and more women truck drivers are being taken on. They are much more respectful of the directives given, the truck alarms and what the company requires of them with the care of the machine,” he said in an interview from Buenos Aires. “The man thinks he is driving Formula One,” Mr. Duggan said.
  • Newer Caterpillar vehicles are controlled by joysticks that respond best to a woman’s “sensitive” touch, said Daniel Sanchez, a sales manager at Finning’s Argentina unit.
  • Minera Escondida Ltda., the holding company for the world’s largest copper mine, in Chile’s Atacama Desert, began hiring women to drive heavy equipment four years ago, said Jorge Munoz, vice president of human resources at Escondida, which is controlled by Melbourne-based BHP and London-based Rio Tinto Plc. “Our experience has been very positive,” Munoz said. “They are very careful with the equipment.”
  • “It’s nothing against the men, but when you’re dealing with these large vehicles, it just turns out that the people who are driving best are women,” Bob Quartermain, Silver Standard’s president said in an interview.
    “Women just tend to be a little more careful with the trucks. You want them driven at the correct speed so the tires don’t get worn out, and the women do that,” Mr. Quartermain said.
  • And you can’t help but appreciate the competitive spirit they bring to the job…

  • At the remote Pirquitas silver mine in the northwest corner of Argentina, Vancouver-based Silver Standard Resources Inc. recruits female drivers from local Kolla Indian communities.

    Nancy Mamani, 22, a new recruit on a mine in Chile said…

    “Some of the men say we can’t do it,” said Mamani, who lives close enough to walk to the mine when she begins her new job. “I can’t wait to start.”

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