Oct 09, 2020

Jasper truck’s unusual hue a touchstone for inclusion

Jasper truck’s unusual hue a touchstone for inclusion

A new Komatsu 930E-5 haul truck at BMA’s Goonyella Riverside Mine stands out from the rest – with its tray painted turquoise in celebration of BHP’s LGBT+ ally community, Jasper.

The group’s name was inspired by the gemstone jasper – an opaque and fine-grained variety of quartz known for its unique multi-coloured patterns – reflecting the rich diversity of the LGBT+ community.

BHP said the LGBT+ ally network focused on strengthening the company’s inclusion culture by providing advice on ways to mitigate bias and ensuring that LGBT+ people were respected, valued and free from discrimination. 

Diana Sanchez, Superintendent Mods & Ops Projects from the BMA Asset Engineering team, identified an opportunity to work with the haul truck suppliers, Komatsu and DTHiload, to implement the initiative.

She believes that symbols like this send a powerful message to our employees.

“The Jasper truck might look different, but it does exactly the same job as all the other trucks in the pit, it carries the same amount of dirt. Just because it is different, doesn’t mean that it is any less important,” Ms Sanchez said.