Most people are afraid to think about mines and usually associate them with catastrophes. Anyone who is not in the industry will only hear about a mine in their day to day lives when there has been an accident.
From the start of mining until the present day, there have numerous accidents and, even though the technologies have developed, we have still not been able to make mines accident-free. Of course, it is apparent that the frequency and the severity of accidents are much lesser than the early days but a lot of diligence is required to keep the statistics that way and preferably lowering.
In this article, we look at several things the mining companies can do to enhance safety and productivity in the mining industry.
Knowledge about Potential Hazards
You need to know what can cause harm before you can remedy it. Therefore, it is important to understand the risks that are common to all mining activities and also which are specific to the type of mining you are involved in that would be hazardous to the workers.
One of the most common causes of accidents in mining is improper uses of powered haulage. Therefore, it is important to set up traffic rules with speed limits, setting up penalty schemes for not adhering to safety requirements such as wearing seat-belts, etc.
Since most mining activities are done underground, there is always a risk of the mine or at least a part of it from collapsing. The workers should be knowledgeable about the tell-tale signs and should inform the others as soon as possible. The supervisors should know when to evacuate and when it is safe to carry on working.
When people know what can harm them, they tend to be more careful and pay more attention, making it possible to prevent major hazards from resulting in a lot of casualties and interrupting the mining activities.
All work needs at least some level of training. It is important that workers such as miners get proper training, specially confined space training if you want them to perform their tasks well and increase productivity.
It is important that you select a proper training facility and the right course that would address your requirements. Keep in mind that training is not only required for the labourers but is also important for the supervisors and the managers who are at the decision-making level so that the decisions they make will be in the best interest of the workers as well as the company.
Frequent Safety Checks
Take some time to run frequent safety checks on the equipment as well as on the mining environment. Check and ensure that the strength of the beams is adequate and that they are fixed on solid ground eliminating the possibility of them collapsing trapping the workers inside the mine.
Some companies think that frequent checks are not necessary as the workers will check the work sites and the machines before they start work but it is always better to be safe than sorry.
This will not only improve the safety of the workers and the site but will also win you the loyalty of the labourers as they get the idea that you are trying your best to ensure that they will be able to return to their families unharmed.
Most people just want to complete the tasks assigned to them and get the wages. You need to make them understand that this mindset is not going to help them in surviving a major catastrophe. The workers should understand that their safety lies at the hands of each other and everyone should be on the lookout for others.
Hopefully, we will be able to implement all the above in the mining industry considerably minimizing the accidents and enhancing the productivity.