Mines are striving for the goal of Zero Injuries all the time. This goal is set for all areas of mining activity and for all the workers on the mine. We would like to reflect on how this goal could be achieved when maintenance work is performed and whilst vehicles are driven.
Rules to follow while maintenance/work is done:
- Ensure that the machine or equipment is locked out before work is started.
- Ensure all raised equipment is supported where applicable.
- Ensure that the equipment has cooled down before work is started
- Use a bumper cap to prevent injuries to the head when entering confined spaces.
- Be sure not to injure your back when in a crouching position while performing tasks.
- Do not try and over stretch your body to reach work areas in confined areas.
- Rather strip down other components to make proper access to this work area.
- Make use of mechanical aid to lift or hold components in position.
- Be aware of hand injuries in areas not visible to the eye.
- Be aware of pinching possibilities when working in confined spaces or areas.
- Be careful when lifting or lowering components in position so that body is not in the way.
- Be aware of possible slipping/falling hazards while entering confined areas.
- Communication between people is of the utmost importance when more than one person has to perform work in a confined space or area
- Keep hands free from grease and oil.
- Make use of a light torch or spot lights to improve illumination in the dark.
- Make use of a safety harness if there is a possibility that you may fall off equipment.
Avoiding Driving Distraction
Paying attention while driving can be difficult. Have you ever been driving down the road and suddenly you notice you don’t remember the last two kilometers you traveled? Although your attention may only be diverted for a split second, the ever-changing variables of the mine and other vehicles can make you instantly vulnerable to accidents
The following rules can help you concentrate on what you should be doing...driving.
- When traveling in heavy traffic areas, plan your travel.
- Know the condition of the roads on which you are travelling and drive only as fast as those conditions allow.
- Wear your safety belt at all times.
- Stay alert and drive defensively, with caution.
- Watch out for and anticipate other drivers, pedestrians near the road.
- Stay out of the other vehicle’s blind spot
- Keep a safe distance from other drivers by maintaining a safety cushion around your machine or LDV.
Never Ignore Hazards
If you report a problem, you may keep someone else from getting hurt. When you have a close call or a minor accident, the same hazards involved might result in serious injury for someone else later.
- Minor injuries can have major complications. You might think you aren't badly hurt, but you may develop problems later. Minor wounds can get serious if they become infected. It is important to get first aid treatment for all injuries.
- Never ignore hazards. If you are authorized and qualified to do so, properly repair the problem. Otherwise, report the problem so someone else can correct it. Do not rely on makeshift repairs - this can lead to a serious injury.
- Be sure to learn your company's procedures for reporting hazards, close calls, accidents and injuries. Find out who you should talk to. Follow through to make sure the problem has been corrected.
Things do go wrong sometimes. It is up to you to report problems so things go right next time
[Content kindly provided by Moolmans Mining]