Electrical Safety In Mines: Some Essential Tips
The use of any electric equipment can be quite dangerous in a mine. Rather than risking hazardous materials or damage to yourself, injuries can be controlled if you practice good safety techniques on site. Mining is one of the most dangerous industries in the United States and electrical injuries and deaths that occur in a mine often come as a result of using machines, lighting, appliances or equipment that don’t have appropriate safety measures in place. Here are some of the top ways that you can protect yourself from electrical hazards in a mine!
Proper Installation of Electrical Systems
When it comes to the installation of any electrical system in a mine, you need to make sure that it is done to code. Proper control of all of the risks and making sure that items are properly grounded, heavy-duty cables are being used and the system is not being amended in any way without following codes can be important. Make sure that there are proper enclosures in place to prevent conductors and insulators from damage. If you spot the signs of damage in any electrical system, you need to make sure that you are reporting and repairing it ASAP.
Proper Use of Equipment
Any type of electrical wire or machine that is used in a mine needs to have proper monitoring in place and the proper compatibility between equipment types. Make sure that you’re using keyword coding and clear markings with unrelated sockets when plugs are connected. Use low-voltage equipment in the mines as high-voltage equipment includes an excess risk. Equipment that is rated below 50 V AC or 120 V DC can be much safer to use in these environments. Make sure that you’re using flexible cables connected with tools and keep them in secure locations when they’re not in use. Heels and hangers can protect cabling.
Preparing For Emergencies
If you spot defects in equipment make sure that this is reported as soon as possible. If defects are found, make sure that immediate actions are being taken. Damaged equipment needs to be repaired immediately or isolated / taken out of service to prepare accordingly. Make sure that you have an emergency plan in place and keep emergency equipment close by across the mine so that it is accessible during an emergency.
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