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Technological Advances for Emergency Prevention in Mining

Leading health and safety officers in mining are working to promote the idea that people are responsible for all safety outcomes and are trying to dispel the common attribution of safety incidents to ‘accidental failures’. Safety officials who hold this conviction insist that only by targeting and influencing the people who contribute to safer mining operations we will […]

Real-time Operations Monitoring for Improved Safety in Mining

Hazard prevention and emergency response activities in mining are often hampered as result of challenges such as working areas that are difficult or time consuming to reach, as well as poor communication options in underground mining environments. Radio communication and manual monitoring are two of the methods traditionally used, but neither is suitable if an operation is […]

Checklist: Emergency & Rescue Planning for Australian Mines

Disastrous incidents in the workplace calls on workers to function swiftly and efficiently while under tremendous life-or-death pressure. Developing an emergency response plan that is tailored for your specific work environment is therefore critical to ensure preparedness in time of crisis. A well constructed plan takes into account the hazards that are most likely to occur in your mining […]

What Makes the Difference Between Life and Death in Mine Rescue?

The November 2015 release of the film The 33 brings us a dramatic retelling of the 2010 Chilean mining accident. Based on the real events surrounding the incident the film tells of the 69 day ordeal of thirty-three miners (The 33) and their families as the men remained trapped 700 meters underground in the San […]

A Risk Management Approach for Machinery in Mining Operations

Mining operators have the power to prevent serious injuries by implementing adequate guarding of all types of machinery and plant that operates within the mining environment. Because the hazards associated with plant will vary according to the specific machinery being used and the unique working environment, it is important to adopt a risk management approach […]

The Safety Risks of Working at Heights in Underground Mining

The American National Safety Council’s most recent list of Top 10 occupational safety violations ranks negligence in terms of scaffolding in third place for the year 2015 with a discomforting number of 4,295 offenses. With the spatial properties of deep mine shafts continuously changing, underground mining is a working environment that calls for extreme caution […]

4 Health & Safety Questions for Mining Operations

“When Safety and Health are part of the organization and a way of life, everyone wins,” says United States Department of Labor.

The best programs to ensure Health and Safety in a mining operation involves every level of management; from instilling a culture of safety that reduces safety incidents to improving operational efficiency and the bottom […]

Resources: Preventing Safety Violations in Mining Operations

At the 2015 National Safety Council (NSC) Congress & Expo in October, the American Labor Department’s OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration), announced their annual list of top 10 occupational safety violations. While their final report will only be published in the December edition of the Council’s Safety + Health magazine, preliminary figures rank violations […]

The Mine Safety Paradox: Prevention and Rescue

Sean Ford describes the safety paradox of the mining industry by saying that, “Miners work very hard to avoid safety incidents, but also need high-standard emergency response teams for when they do happen.”
A Tale of Two Mine Quakes: Poland
An incident that occurred at Wujek-Ruch Sląsk mine in southern Poland in 2015, once again highlights this […]

Wireless Communications for Mine Safety & Productivity

In the mining industry, operations are increasingly dependent on the availability of stable and reliable Industrial Ethernet Networks as well as network monitoring software that can deliver precise coordination in rugged mining conditions. In addition, wireless network technology enables safety solutions such as Lost Persons Detection Systems, which saves lives and prevents operational downtime associated with […]

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