6 Mine Safety Tips To Keep You Healthy & Accident-Free
Workplace safety is important for many professions, but it’s especially important for workers in the mining industry. Mining is considered to be one of the 10 most dangerous jobs, with about 19.9 fatalities per 100,000 workers, so proactively taking safety precautions is one of the best ways to reduce serious injuries and fatalities while on the job.
Here are 6 tips to keep you and your team safe if you work in mining.
1. Take Care of Your Physical and Mental Health
Working in mining can be both physical and mentally strenuous. Staying well nourished and rested will go a long way to preventing accidents. Workers who are tired or not feeling in top condition are more likely to make errors and communicate less with their co-workers. These are all risks to the entire team’s safety.
2. Identify and Communicate Hazards
When you spot a hazard, be sure to communicate this to your supervisor and ensure it’s clearly labeled. Even if the current situation isn’t hazardous but there’s potential for it to become one, proactively addressing it will ensure your safety and your entire team’s safety.
3. Protect Your Lungs
To keep your lungs protected, always make sure you’re using the right respiratory protection, whether it’s just a facemask or more complex protection. Inhaling particles from or near mining sites over prolonged periods can damage your lungs; this damage may appear right away or may take years to manifest.
4. Fall Protection
Fall hazards at mines range from shafts, slipping on the side of a steep hill, or even tripping over equipment, and more. Falls from a height, such as down shafts, are especially challenging because specialized equipment and rescue training may be required to retrieve the injured worker. When the mining site involves a lot of work from height or has a high risk of falls, it’s recommend that the company have an emergency response and high angle rope rescue team on standby.
5. Confined Spaces
A lot of mining activity can take place in confined spaces, ranging from spaces deep underground, to inside large and small tunnels. When work is being done in confined spaces, special considerations for emergency response procedures and standby by rescue teams have to be made because of the specialized skill and equipment required to rescue workers in confined spaces.
6. Lifting Hazards
Miners are strong and resilient workers. However, like anyone else, they can get strains and injuries. Lifting heavy objects and equipment is one common way that miners experience incidents. When in doubt, it’s best to ask a co-worker for assistance or use machinery to maneuver the heavy objects.