While working underground next to a coal mining power center, it is imperative to keep your own safety in mind. Below are a few tips to help you avoid hazards that could affect your health and well-being.
Avoiding Thermal Stress
Because of the enclosed spaces, the heat given off by the power center's generators could make you overheat very quickly if you do not take steps to prevent it. This could lead to extreme heat exhaustion or heat stroke.
Although you do need to keep your skin covered to protect it from the dust, choose your clothing wisely. Wear thin cotton that will allow your body to breathe. The material will also wick away the moisture from your sweat, helping your body to cool down more quickly.
While you are working, make sure you stay well hydrated. A good rule of thumb for knowing you need water is to look at the color of your urine. If it starts to look dark like tea, this is a sign of dehydration. When you see this color, drink a full glass of water. Keep drinking until your urine becomes pale yellow.
Keeping The Air Fresh Around You
Each morning before you begin working, check the air shafts that feed the area you will be in and ensure they are not blocked. Also, make sure the shafts around the generator are free from obstacles.
Not only will this prevent the air from becoming too hot, it will also allow fresh air to enter into the mine shafts. This will help prevent you from breathing stale air that has too much coal dust permeating it. As long as the generator is able to pull in air from the outside, this will not be a major issue.
Checking The Wires Around The Power Center
Another part of your morning inspection around the power center is to check for any frayed or exposed wires. Since it can be difficult to see in a mine, you do not want any to be sticking out that could accidentally electrocute you.
Use your lantern or flashlight to check around the panels and control grid. If you do find any, make sure you let your team lead know right away so that the wires can be repaired or replaced.
Taking responsibility for your own safety while working in an underground coal mine is key to making sure you avoid any of the potential hazards. If you notice any problems with the shafts or power mining center, make sure you let your supervisor know right away so that repairs can be made.