Mining sites depend on high-voltage equipment to power operations and run machinery. However, if this equipment is not properly installed or maintained, it can pose a serious safety risk to workers. In order to prevent accidents and injuries, it is essential to follow some basic safety tips when working with electricity in mines:
Install an electrical system that meets all relevant safety standards. Make sure that all
wiring is properly insulated, and that circuit breakers are installed to prevent overloads. Any mining site will require safety gear that is up to standard and with the appropriate alarms in place to warn of any potential dangers. This includes both personal protective equipment for workers and fire extinguishers in case of an electrical fire. All components of the electrical system should be designed to withstand the harsh conditions of a mining environment and be regularly inspected.
Be aware of the signs of equipment damage or malfunction. If any electrical equipment starts to
show signs of wear or tear, it should be repaired or replaced immediately. In the event of an emergency, know how to safely shut off power to the affected area and evacuate workers. Preventative maintenance is also useful for keeping equipment safe for use and preventing downtime.
Use only safety equipment that is approved for use in mines. This includes gloves, glasses,
and other personal protective equipment (PPE) that is specifically designed to protect against
electrical hazards. Many modern mining sites also use automation and location detection to prevent collisions in the workplace.
By following these simple tips, you can help ensure a safe working environment for all employees and avoid any accidents or injuries related to electricity in mines. Be sure to regularly audit your electrical system and safety protocols to ensure that they are up to date and effective. Contact us today if you need more information on electrical safety in mines.
This post was written by Justin Tidd, Director at https://beckersmcusa.com/. For nearly a half a century, Becker Mining has been at the forefront of mine electrical systems. Becker/SMC is the industry’s leader in increasingly more sophisticated electrical control systems. Most of the major innovations, design features and specialized electrical components have been developed by Becker/SMC.