What kind of hazards can high icy conditions create at a mine site? Freezing rain, snow, and extreme cold can cause ice to build up on roads, walkways, equipment, and power lines. Icy conditions can also create slip and fall hazards for miners as well as traction control hazards for equipment and vehicles.
Western Australias code of practice for mineral exploration drilling encourages operators to develop site specific solutions for the major hazard categories identified for the remote exploration environment, including: rotating and moving parts; compressed air systems; hydraulic systems; hazardous substances and dangerous goods; electricity; manual tasks
Prescribed Hazard The Mine Health Safety Regulation 2007 requires mines to conduct OHS risk assessments in relation to certain high risk, prescribed hazards associated with ground instability, inrush, atmospheric contamination, mine shafts, conveyors, earth moving machinery, fire, explosives, electrical work and mine roads.
The environmental risks mining presents to land, water, biodiversity and people can be difficult to foresee but have the potential to last long after the mine has closed. The loss of valuable water and land assets affected by mining are highly significant to local communities and for long term sustainability.
The principal airborne hazards in the mining industry include several types of particulates, naturally occurring gases, engine exhaust and some chemical vapours; the principal physical hazards are noise, segmental vibration, heat, changes in barometric pressure and ionizing radiation. These occur in varying combinations depending on the mine or quarry, its depth, the composition of the ore and surrounding rock, and the method of mining.
Environmental hazards are present during every step of the open pit mining process. Hardrock mining exposes rock that has lain unexposed for geological eras. When crushed, these rocks expose radioactive elements, asbestos like minerals, and metallic dust.
Ruths Top 10 Risks in Mining: Behaviour Communication Vehicle Interactions Explosives Electricity Working at Height Confined Space Fire Lifting Objects Ground Failure
15/4/2015· Some hazards, such as ground instability, are inherent in the underground environment. Others are introduced through complex mining activities and processes, which bring potential hazards into the underground environment including hazards from mobile equipment such as large vehicles that may limit visibility for the driver.
Humans are also affected by mining. There are many diseases that can come from the pollutants that are released into the air and water during the mining process. For example, during smelting operations large quantities of air pollutants, such as the suspended particulate matter, SOx, arsenic particles and cadmium, are emitted. Metals are usually emitted into the air as particulates as well. There are also many occupational health hazards that miners face. Most of miners suffer from various respiratory and skin di