Mining Safety and Protective Clothing

Many injuries can be prevented by wearing the correct protective clothing/ gear. In this section we would like to discuss the correct clothing and gear required to perform many different mining activities. The Mining Sector could do well to follow the example from the motorcycle community and their acronym ATGATT (All The Gear All The Time).

What is the purpose of protective gear?

What is the protective gear required for greater mining safety?

The best answer to this question is to approach the safety experts from different mines. Safety officers are exposed to all the daily risks on their mines and have experienced accidents, near accidents, falls and hazards in all weather conditions.

Some advice from the biking community that could benefit mineworker safety includes:

Specific items of gear include:

We would like to reflect briefly on the similarities between protective clothing for bikers and mineworkers as a starting point from where we could investigate specific gear for specific mines.

Other gear might be required in special circumstances:

Plastic armour is often used to protect against injury. This type of armour typically covers the back, chest, and sometimes the extremities. It is increasingly common for gloves, jackets, pants, and boots to be outfitted with hard plastics on probable contact areas.

The above items are not a complete list and might differ according to specific hazards experienced or the activity undertaken. There are other items to be considered such as knee guards, back protectors etc. They are important components to be budgeted for by the safety conscious mining company

Good gear does not protect you if you don't wear it! For increased safety it is of the utmost importance to maintain the best possible wearing rates of protective clothing/ gear at all times!!