The importance of safe procedures and risk of dated inspection methods in mining

Mining disasters and incidents are an unfortunate side to the historic industry. Even with the wealth of technology available today, dated procedures or methods constrain the safety and increase risk far above the level that could be achieved. Like today the mines in the 1800s were subject to pockets of gas and dust which were highly volatile and flammable. Mining was in fact the first industry where Intrinsically Safe (IS) devices were realised as a solution to certain hazardous risks. Whilst today there are modern vacuum and extractors available, the revelation of the hazard of that using certain instruments around these substances can cause still applies today.

 

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