As one of the most dangerous professions out there, it’s no surprise that mining is subject to a lot of regulations intended to protect workers. It should also come as no surprise that the mining safety and health administration (MSHA) is looking to crack down on mining safety violations. In the last few months alone, the organization identified nearly 1,000 threats to mining safety during inspections, many of which were deemed significant.
Knowing how to evaluate and ensure the safety of your mining operations is essential so that your workers are protected. The concerns of any mining safety inspector are broken down into five areas.
Keeping a watchful eye over these five aspects of mining will lead to a properly-functioning, secure workplace. They encompass all of the most common mining safety violations MSHA has identified, which include:br>
- Accumulation of combustible materials
- Missing safety guards
- Poor ventilation
- Inadequate safety equipment
- Loose electrical wiring
Regularly assessing which of these five areas you have addressed and which need work is a fundamental part of your job as a mine operator. Investing in mining technology like smart equipment, drone and robotic sensors, and AI modeling solutions can help improve conditions within a mine and improve worker safety.