I remember how I came to work as a mechanic at a car maintenance shop fifteen years ago. After a while, I was entrusted with driving a 40 tonne Belaz mining dump truck, and then 120 tonne and 130 tonne trucks. Last year, I began to operate a new 136 tonne CAT truck. I am delighted and proud to be at the wheel of such trucks.
We are responsible for removing overburden from the quarry. If we do not take away the waste rock, we will not be able to mine ore. We are a cohesive team: our drillmen drill rock, excavator operators load it and we remove it.
In May, I was called the best driver of an overweight vehicle in terms of its performance: an average load of the dump truck and operating speed, specific diesel consumption and machine performance. I have never violated any health and safety rules! This makes me feel proud and I hope I can hold the bar high in the future.