Mining is an invaluable and necessary industry, both nationally and globally. However, it also comes with a whole host safety of hazards that must be given proper attention.
All safety issues begin with respect for the possible risk scenarios. Respect comes with a deep commitment to proper planning from start to finish and is a necessary mindset for following all other safety tips and guidelines.
- PPE —
Protect your miners from rockfalls, chemicals, and severe temperatures by keeping them covered in resilient clothing, steel-toed boots, and mining-specific hard hats.
Respiratory protection is also necessary as miners breathe in debris and dust-laden air daily — resulting in “black lungs.” Sometimes, all that’s needed is a simple face mask — other times, more advanced protection is required. It’s your job to evaluate the atmosphere in your mine and provide what is needed.
Items such as wet scrubbers, screens, and vacuums can also be used to filter the air.
- Ventilate Gases
It’s typical for toxic vapors and gases to rise in any mine. These fumes can cause poisoning upon inhalation, as well as other safety hazards.
Be aware of the signs of gas poisoning so you can protect workers before serious harm occurs. Engineer ventilation systems to divert gases and heighten airflow; more air equals fewer gases and fumes.
- Fire Safety Awareness
The dust and gases that exist in a mine can become highly combustible. Electrical tools and cords used in the often damp spaces of a mine are also hazardous. Fires in tight, compact tunnels are hazardous as smoke and flames more quickly endanger miners.
It’s important to stay vigilant about fire risks. Provide fire-resistant gear, fire suppression tools, and alarms. High visibility in your tunnels is vital. Training on fire safety and escape routes is critical.
- Prevent Cave-ins, Explosion, and Falls
Cave-ins, explosions, and falls are some of the most common safety incidents that occur in mining.
Cave-ins can trap or even kill workers, so stay on guard, use tracking technology and devices to strengthen subsurface structures, and detect liabilities for heightened protection.
Explosives are commonly used, so it’s easy to become lax about using them.
Lessen the chance of explosions by maintaining strict adherence to regulations and guidelines — no matter how long you or your miners have worked with explosives, you must follow regulations.
Falls in slippery tunnels, down mine shafts, and in the underground of hillsides are not uncommon either. But, of course, harnesses and railings are among the tools used to prevent this.
- Clear Communication
Good communication is vital, whether it’s verbal communication between team members or deliberate instruction and training.
Make sure your training and guidelines are carefully communicated with clear and visible:
- Hazardous materials signage
- Manuals and training materials
- Carefully documented policies and procedures
Your miners must know what’s expected regarding safety awareness. Communicate with ongoing training for the current safety standards of the day.
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