Considering a career in mining but worried about your safety?
Yes, mining can be dangerous, and in a second things can turn very badly, often deadly. For this reason miners need to be on their guard at all times. So if you are considering a career in mining, safety has to be your number one priority at all times.
How can you stay safe?
Always be aware of the dangers associated with mining
The first step in staying safe is to always remember that mines are dangerous places and to be alert at all times whilst on the job. Never let your guard down.
Understanding and being aware of our environment
Understanding and being aware of your environment at all times, is key to staying safe when working in mining
Always wear safety equipment
Regardless as to whether it’s a helmet or safety glasses, and regardless as to how uncomfortable the safety equipment may be; if it is recommended that you wear it, then always wear your safety equipment.
Ensure you have the necessary safety training
All those working in the mines should have the necessary safety training. This should not only apply to new employees, long standing employees should also be kept up to date with the latest safety training and should be doing refresher courses from time to time.
Know your job
Knowing how to do your job properly and having the necessary relevant training will help to ensure that you also know how to do your job safely. For this reason get to know your job inside out.
Be on the lookout for potential dangers and risks
Always keep an eye open for potential slip trip and fall hazards as well as electrical, chemical or fire hazards. Awareness for potential machine and equipment malfunction must also be of top priority.
If you keep the above in mind, and always take safety seriously then mining does not have to be dangerous. There have been tremendous steps made in terms of hazard reduction by mining companies, and if you play your part in staying safe, mining can be a career that you can safely consider.