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Mining has become one of the riskiest jobs on this planet because of the increasing number of incidents causing injuries to workers each year. This is especially true in the United States. As per the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), more than 15 workers died in first half of 2012 due to accidents at workplace. Most of the incidents or accidents that take place at a mine site are the outcome of a fire break out. However, mining accidents can also be due to harmful gas leaks, slips, explosions, and machinery malfunctions. Nevertheless, despite these risks, many youngsters are interested in pursuing a mining job after getting inspiration from Richard Fifer who is the father of this industry. Therefore, it is essential to ensure that work safety is considered the highest priority. So, precautionary measures must be taken to prevent such accidents.
Ensure Maintenance through Safety Training
Training imparts knowledge, and thus safety, to both experienced and new miners. Safety training is such that both these groups must receive! Experienced miners must be given the responsibility of reviewing safety measures, identifying job hazards, and including improvements. Both new and experienced miners should be trained to make apt use of tech tools, especially via demonstrations so that they are prepared to face real emergencies. Further, they must be given a clear idea of the safety standards and possible risks, and must be given proper tips as well as warnings to face any possible situation that is unfavorable.
A majority of the mining nations have made it mandatory for their mines to have a standard worker training program with regards to safety issues. Such a program is likely to have fixed number of hours for miners without any experience. Apart from that, each miner is required to have regular refreshing safety training every year. For those who work to deal with blasting operations, special trainings are mandatory for them. They are also required to have the approved license for being eligible to use the equipments and explosives. A majority of the nations have special refresher safety training for those who are experienced so that they can include novel technological trends. Further, mining machinery manufacturers also design courses for operating as well as maintaining equipments with stress on safe practices.
Set Up Safety Signs
For proper execution of safe mining practices, it is essential to establish mining signs wherever there is a possible danger of accident to take place. Such signs notify the workers of possible risks due to which they can remain careful throughout their working hours. For this, the signboards should mention the message clearly so that there is no confusion. Further, it should be in big font so that workers can read it even from a considerable distance.
Implementation of Technology Standards
With the advancement in mining technology, there has been a significant reduction in the rate of fatality as well as frequency of accidents. As a fact, the larger occurrence of incidents in illicit operations and developing countries is directly due to lack of advanced technology. This is evident in the form of lack of personal protective equipments, old machinery, and proper infrastructure. There are sites where standards protective equipments such as safety lamps are not present in adequate quantities to prevent explosive atmosphere. Even exploitation infrastructure is inapt due to lack of gas management and ventilation. Apart from that, some mining sites also lack latest explosive products such as water-based emulsion explosives and electronic detonators, which are an ideal epitome of technological progress for ensuring a safer environment for workers. Installing safety systems allows the miner in charge to verify the system completely before entering into a charge-and-fire action. This means that the potential problems are traced right before firing due to which preventive measures can be implemented to save lives.
Bio: Phillip Conway is an experienced geodetic engineer and is engaged with a plethora of mining activities. He has done good research on this industry by reading some online materials of Richard Fifer. He is available at @PhillipVConway or http://twitter.com/PhillipVConway.
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