The mining industry have started making use of the latest technologies so that they can provide a safe environment for their employees against dangerous conditions like toxic gases and fire.
FREMONT, CA: The mining industry can be prone to workplace fires because of the dangerous equipment and potentially toxic gases available in the underground tunnels due to which it is necessary to have fire protection and safety in such tunnels.
The situation can be severely dangerous if there is a fire in the underground mines, mainly when the employees are working in confined spaces with limited ventilation systems and do not have many evacuation routes. Few gases like methane can risk the tunnels, especially if it gets leak leading to a disastrous explosion. The Mine Safety and Health Administration, along with many mining manufacturers, are continuously working so that they can develop safety equipment for preventing fires or protecting the employees in emergency cases.
What is the Major Concern about Fire Safety?
To ensure the safety of the mining atmosphere, monitors and ventilation must be used. The tunnel operators should also make sure that the equipment meets the standards of MSHA and have proper fire suppression systems. During fire break out, the workers must have appropriate personal safety equipment, and it is also essential for them to be trained to use the tools. The employees must not only make use of the devices effectively when it is required and also need to be aware of the safe escape routes.
Fire Protection and Safety Equipment
The mining infrastructure and safety equipment are developing so that the industry can be more safe and efficient for the employees so that they can fight against the dangerous situation along with improper ventilation and fire suppression system.
However, now several options are available for the mining operators through which they can make sure that the atmosphere of the underground is safe by decreasing the risk of fire. Sensors are used by the ventilation of demand (VOD) for detecting the areas where machinery and workers are so that clean airflow can be directed in that direction.
The heavy machines and conveyor belts produce dust and toxic gases, and in that case, ventilation mining curtains can be used to direct air to particular areas of the mine. The technology can detect and trap the contamination. However, there is also some personal protective equipment that consists of firefighting packs, handheld detection units, and even breathing apparatus.