Humans having been mining for thousands of years, even in pre-historic times! As long as someone could be in the occupation of mining, safety has been a concern. Mining accidents claiming hundreds and thousands of lives date back to the early 20th century and since then governments and institutions have been looking for ways to keep miners safe.
Mining is the excavation of minerals and materials from the earth. Each mine site has its own unique hazards, but each mine site is extremely hazardous. Mining involves heavy machinery, industrial vehicles, large power tools, hazardous chemicals, and more. Miners are at the risk of falling, experiencing hearing loss, breathing in dust, and are usually working in dark confined spaces.
It is important for employers to understand the dangers of mining so they can adequately keep their workers safe. Read through our answers to some of the most commonly asked questions when it comes to mine safety. Learn the role of MHSA, how to communicate visually in a mine, mining PPE, and more!