How Technology is Helping Reduce Safety Risks in Mining

With new technologies and participation from management and employees, mining accidents and injuries can continue to reduce every year.

FREMONT, CA: Every workplace contains some form of health and safety risks that employees must be aware of. There are considerably more risks to be concerned about in the mining sector. To make matters worse, the dangers in this industry are frequently far more significant than in many other working places.

Mining environments are challenging to work in because mines can degenerate rapidly and change as the mining sector evolves. Miners have been concerned about their health and safety since industrial mining started in the late 19th century.

These miners may deal with various health risks, including physical, ergonomic, and psychological issues. Traumas and injuries, which can range from a broken bone to asphyxiation, continue to be an important problem to this day. Falls from great heights, entrapment, and mobile equipment accidents are the most frequent fatal injuries in the mining sector.

Mining professionals were also the early adopters of new technology in mining tools because it enhances the safety and efficiency of the workplace. The industry's casualty rate has decreased over time due to stringent safety legislation and protocol and developments in safety equipment.

Even though the objective of zero harm has not yet been accomplished, improved mining technology and tools contribute to mine safety.

Personnel and Asset Tracking

Mines are massive structures that recruit numerous people for work. It is critical to know the exact location of the miners and their equipment in potentially dangerous and remote areas. Mining companies must be able to locate the team in the case of an emergency.

With the ability to monitor and track every crucial factor in a mine, they can ensure safety and productivity. To track assets and people, mining companies need a wireless network solution. With the help of Wi-Fi and Ethernet connectivity, these technologies offer information based on zone, time, or asset.

Limiting Dust

Almost every mining operation are concerned about dust. It coats machinery and equipment with thick, fog-like layers of air.

While respiratory protection is crucial for worker safety, the first step should be to monitor and reduce dust. Companies must know the amount of dust in the air to improve mining safety. Air sampling pumps are a reliable method for determining fine particles in dust, fumes, and mists.

Ventilation and Environmental Monitoring

In addition to evaluating hazardous gases and dust, mine safety managers must have the necessary equipment and training to monitor ventilation and environmental considerations.

It includes measuring airflow, temperature, and humidity with the help of an anemometer, air velocity meters, heat stress monitors, noise dosimeters, and vibration monitors.