Ellen Lillico now finds driving the huge 789D mining trucks a bit like handling a big go-kart.
She's found in her 20 months at the Savage River iron ore mine on Tasmania's west coast that the dangers are well-managed, and the people are one of the best things about her job.
Five west coast miners have been killed on the job in the past seven years, including Henty Gold Mine worker Cameron Goss two weeks ago, after the earth collapsed in the area he was working.
Despite the dangers associated with the industry, there are hopes more women will take on mining jobs, and Ms Lillico says she now has the dangers in perspective.
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