Mining Safety Starts With Communication Devices

You can avoid accidents in the mine industry by using good communication devices.

It is your responsibility to be safe in the mines and to be aware of potential dangers. This can be made possible by using radios and personal alert systems.

Hand signals are used to communicate with security personnel in the mining sector. Signals are special movements that let others know what’s happening. To avoid accidents in your mining operation, you can use hand signals. If you are operating a transport vehicle, your thumb might be pointed to the right to signal to others that you’re turning left.

Companies require underground miners to wear personal alert systems (PAS) electronic communication devices. These devices function like radio beacons and can transmit a signal to workers to tell them they must head to the surface.

Another device that can help miners stay safe is a radio. Underground miners are at risk because it is difficult to see one another around buildings and equipment. Radio communications enable miners to remain in contact with the surface. This reduces the chance of underground accidents.

Communications devices can be used to prevent accidents at mining sites. Workers working above or below the ground are more susceptible to rockfall and fragmentation. This is why cave-in protection systems such as rock bolting or cage bolting are necessary. A communication device that alerts your colleagues about the possibility of ground falling beneath you can save your life.

The safety record of the mining industry has improved dramatically over the past century. Over time, mining communication devices and PAS system have become more common. This has reduced the risks associated with mining operations.

This post was written by Justin Tidd, Director at Becker Mining Communications! For over 15 years, Becker Communications has been the industry’s leader in Cave radio Communications and electrical mining communication systems. As they expanded into surface mining, railroads, and tunneling they added wireless communication systems, handheld radios, tagging and tracking systems, as well as gas monitoring.

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