With good design comes better safety, productivity and efficiency. Manufacturer Rock-Tech, from Lively, Ontario, Canada, has produced a high speed, high capacity underground boom truck that will soon be finding its way to a Redpath project in Northern Ontario. The Gen 2 series is an articulated truck that has been designed to optimise operator comfort, safety, maintenance, and allow monitoring of the vehicle’s performance. With an intentional hot and cold side, as well as a design which eliminates sharp edges and tripping hazards, this vehicle puts the emphasis on operator safety.Thanks to the proximity of the controls and gauges, an operator can inspect fuel and oil levels for the transmission and hydraulics, and perform all of the other required inspections without needing to move all the way around the vehicle. Operating data can be uploaded through WiFi, or collected on a memory stick to monitor performance andschedule maintenance. The diagnostics help maintain transparency for operators and managers by indicating the length of time a machine has been operated while showing a fault. This new technology will continue to allow underground workers the ability to work safely, efficiently and productively.