| Written by Geir Nerbø

We compiled six suggestions for miners to decrease the possibility of a safety risk.
Accidents in mines

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What we know: Mining involves risky tasks. Mining accidents happen because of equipment malfunctions, explosives, falls, slips, toxic gas leakages, and flooding. Hazards in mines won't disappear, but we can minimize the risk. Follow the 1-2-3 level risk management approach and improve your underground mining safety.

On a practical level, we compiled a few suggestions for miners to decrease the possibility of a safety risk:

Learn and improve your experience

Inexperienced miners sustain injuries more often as compared to experienced miners. For instance, in a span of 1.5 years, 903 one-year or less experienced miners suffered injuries compared to 418 miners with one to two years of mining experience (source: MSHA). New miners must educate them about the risks and how to reduce them. This includes safety standards and procedures within your introductory courses.


Continuous training

Safety training for experienced miners increases awareness of risks and improves mitigation of hazards and reactions in case of incidents. Annual refresher pieces should review improvements and lapses. The federal legislation requires that you receive basic and yearly refresher training and maintain an effective training strategy.

The MSHA supplies you with guidance and materials that help mining operators to meet the set training obligations. In addition, simulation programs improve your skills how to handle and use high-tech tools (learn how Swiss-based Hagerbach Test Gallery teaches skills).


Wear personal protective equipment (PPE)

Today, industrial progress created a long list of safety equipment for your workplace in a mine. One big part of it is personal protective equipment that includes helmets, lanyards, ear protection, gloves, safety glasses, gas detectors, safety boots, and gloves, among other protective gear. However, a miner tracking device is not safety equipment per se but helps locate you during your time underground.


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Being alert

Mining is risky. Knowing this is the first step toward keeping yourself safe. Stay alert and watch out for your colleagues because incidents occur in a moment of negligence.

Respect safety mining signs

Safety mining signs warn you this is their job. When you can't eliminate hazards, safety signs indicate them. If you respect these signs, possible threats won't strike suddenly. You can find warning signs at strategic locations where accidents are most likely to occur.

Mentor and supervise

All miners must follow safety measures without any exceptions. If you are a supervisor, you should supervise your team. If you are a team member, ensure that your colleagues follow and implement the measures. Remember: You should be able to account for all your team members at every shift.


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