How Important is Technology for Mining Safety

How Important is Technology for Mining Safety

Technological advancements form an increasingly tight safety net focusing on helping workers if they become trapped in the mining sites. 

FREMONT, CA : The mining companies have seen rescue efforts transform into well-oiled machines like mining operations have developed with technological advances and increased safety awareness to strengthen regulations and risk management efforts.

Even though the mining industry has made tremendous progress in health and safety, it is still a risky profession. Miners are forced to travel to highly remote and deep locations to procure material due to diminishing ore deposits.

As a result, accidents are still a common occurrence, especially in hard rock mining. But the capability of rescues has increased, with operations taking place despite the challenges of unstable terrain and the depth and number of those trapped. Here are some of the cutting-edge technology and organizational strategies that turn mine rescue into a form of art and increase its efficiency.

Wearable tech

Today, technological developments are improving in most industries. Although forecasts of what will take off may differ, it can ensure that the advancement of mining safety technology will keep on progressing. A study highlights the emergence of innovative technology in response to mining operations getting extremely remote, with wearable technologies taking up a large part of this changing landscape.

Wearable technology can help fine-tune readings of vital signs, including body temperature, heart rate, biopotential measurement, and barometric pressure, when it comes to tracking the physical condition of the people trapped in mine sites.

Sensing technology

Monitoring systems can be streamlined, problems and dangers can be detected and reported in real-time due to the integrated sensor technology and the connection of multiple devices to a central server. The sensor technology used to map mining sites can also be used to identify fragile or vulnerable terrain and locate trapped personnel.

Robotics

The use of technology to avoid and assist in the event of cave-ins has naturally led to the development of mine rescue robots. Robots are intended to assist in search and rescue operations and are engineered to withstand various terrains (such as up to 18 inches of water). It is designed with cameras and sensors, allowing interaction with those trapped and providing input to those on the surface about the miners' physical conditions and their structural state.

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