INTRODUCTION TO OPENCAST MINING
Opencast mining or open-pit mining or open cut mining is a surface mining technique used to extract rocks or minerals from the ground.
For extraction of ore deposits or minerals present relatively closer to earth’s surface, open cast mining is commonly used technique worldwide.
MINING IS RISKY JOB
Recent incidents of mining accidents in DRC in September 2020, the Myanmar Jade mine accident in July 2020 that resulted in a loss of 146 lives.
Such repeated incidents emphasize the risks involved.
For if you consider mining as your thing, you should not overlook the hazards and must take necessary safety measures.
SAFETY MEASURES TO MINIMISE THE TROUBLE
CONSIDER THE DANGER
Being aware of all the involved risks is of utmost importance to keep yourself protected.
Accept the fact that your field is full of dangers. Be alert and prepared all the time while working.
Co-operate with your colleagues as well. Beware, a minor carelessness can have major impacts.
PLANNING AND COMMUNICATION IS MUST
For a given task, don’t only focus on efficiency and meeting deadlines.
Invest proper timing and money in developing strategies to avoid risk maximally. If the risk still exists, clearly update your team and provide all mitigating tips.
PROFESSIONAL TRAINING IS IMPORTANT
Not just the newcomers should be given safety trainings but also the old members should be introduced to newer techniques.
A regular health and fitness checkup is a must for the workers involved in strenuous activities.
SAFETY EQUIPMENTS ARE SAVIOUR
To protect yourself you must be wearing all the safety equipment is, helmet, glasses and gloves all the time.
A team supervisor must strictly enforce rules and assure the follow up of all the safety measures without any exception.
All the team members should sincerely co-operate.
OUTLINE THE SAFETY PROCEDURE WELL
In case of an emergency, each and every member must know what to exactly do.
Safety measures should be documented in a way that clearly mention incidents that might occur and how to deal with them.
INTRODUCING LATEST SAFETY STANDARDS
Regular inspection of safety equipments is a must.
Replace those that doesn’t meet the latest safety standards.
Inviting risk at the cost of lowering expenses on safety measures is way more inhumane than idiotic.
Many incidents from the past could have been avoided if the proper safety measures were considered.