There are many challenges and safety hazards associated with working underground. Here are three of the most important considerations to working underground safely:
When working underground, the inability to communicate can severely hinder the safety of workers. Reliable means of communication are key to identify hazards or unsafe work conditions.
In the recent years, installing innovative Wi-Fi communications infrastructure in underground facilities has improved the communication abilities of those working underground.
Prior to working underground, workers must undergo training to ensure that they are aware of safety measures and practices to maintain a safe working environment.
Examples of training required to work safely underground include:
- First Aid
- Common Core Training
- Underground Hard Rock Miner Training
- Underground Induction Procedures
- Work Safely in the Underground Job Environment
- Preparing for Underground Emergencies
Personal Protective Equipment
Before working underground, ensure that workers have the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) to work safely in their work environment. Common underground PPE includes, but is not limited to:
- Protective eyewear with side shields
- Protective boots
- Protective headwear of the appropriate type and class
- High visibility workwear
- Fall arrest systems
- Travel restrain systems