The importance of safety at any workplace cannot be neglected. Companies in the mining industry too must take necessary measures to ensure employee safety at workplace. The industry has minimum tolerances for error and accidents happen frequently.
Mining safety products and versatile equipment engineered with mine managers and safety experts can be used to avoid unsafe acts and situations. Use of personal protective safety equipment must be encouraged and proper training should be provided. All companies in the industry are expected to strictly adhere to the rules and regulations imposed by OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Authority).
There is no doubt that the workers are mining company’s most valuable assets. Proper safety training can help avoid casualties. The company’s reputation will be highly affected if one or more employees get injured while working. In addition, the absence of that worker will delay operation. Downtime and overhead expense of the firm can increase, and therefore hamper overall productivity.
In order to avoid such accidents, it is essential to first understand what factors contribute to serious mishaps at a mining site. Some of the most common contributors of mining accidents are:
- Human Mistakes
- Underground Vehicle Collisions
- Working at Height
- Electric Shock
- Fire Hazard
Miscommunication: Most mine sites, especially the underground operations, are not lighted adequately. To conduct their work effectively and safely, mine workers depend mostly on communications. Lapses in communication because of equipment failure can lead to serious accidents.
Human Mistakes: One of the most common causes of these accidents is human error. The workplace is dangerous and even if right precautions are taken, accidents can still happen. Workers should be educated and trained about safe working practices, but possibility of human mistake must be expected.
Underground Vehicle Collisions: Surface vehicles, underground vehicles and hauling equipment are used for mine operations. Even though surface transportation can be controlled quite easily, the underground counterparts depend on communication with traffic controllers. The vehicles collide frequently and might lead to terrible outcomes. Those who are in charge of vehicles are expected to have proper training on efficient operation of the vehicles. It is also important that they are familiar with the terrain. This familiarity will allow them to exercise caution when needed.
Working at Height: Mining operations usually entail working at unsafe or extreme heights. Mine sites are unsafe and the job is high-risk. It must be performed only with proper skills and extreme caution. The right equipment should be used as well.
Explosives must always be handled with care. Mistreatment and untimely explosions lead to severe injury and even loss of lives. Generally, explosives used for blasting should be stored away from site and planted at the correct location and also detonated at the right time. This will effectively help prevent major accidents. Also, those who handle mine explosive should be highly qualified.
Electric Shock: This is another causes of fatal mining site accidents but these can be avoided with proper mine safety training.
Different types of fires can occur. Mine workers must be taught what factors trigger them and what they can do prevent fire at work.
These are some of the most common factors but there are countless things that may go wrong. Lives were compromised in mines as a result of some people’s failure to follow safety procedures while mining in confined spaces. Ground failures are also a lingering possibility for accidents. Even though there is no exact science that can help prevent this. Training should be provided to practice caution.