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5 Safety Tips for Using Aggregate Mining Equipment
While working with aggregate mining equipment can be rewarding, safety should be a priority to protect operators and tools. Apache Ironworks provides quality mining products to maximize your productivity and efficiency. We also provide training to service personnel for machine safety, including inspecting the machinery and recognizing potential hazards. Here are five safety tips for using aggregate mining tools:
1. Provide Training to Equipment Operators
When your operators are well-trained in proper machine usage and safety, they are less likely to make mistakes. Apache Ironworks offers durable and efficient mining products, and we also train individuals in various aspects. Your service personnel can learn how to assemble products, start-up procedures, how to troubleshoot when issues emerge, and proper maintenance practices. Our training and safety awareness event happens annually in Tulsa, OK, and is open to dealers and operators. If you want to schedule this event for your personnel, contact your Apache representative.
2. Keep Your Machines in Excellent Condition
One mistake that many equipment owners make is neglecting maintenance. A poorly-maintained aggregate mining tool can be dangerous, as it can fail during operation and put the operator at risk. Establish a regular maintenance schedule to detect issues and repair or replace worn-out parts. Encourage inspections before each shift to check various components, including belts, bearings, hoses, fan guards, and others. Remember to clean dirt, dust, or debris that could interfere with machine performance. A well-maintained machine will also minimize downtime and last longer.
3. Offer Personal Protective Equipment
Operating mining products comes with risks such as flying debris or dust. Provide your operators with personal protective equipment (PPE) and clothing and encourage them to always use it. Hard hats protect operators from head injuries due to falling objects, while steel-toed boots guard them from foot injuries. Protective goggles or face shields can prevent dust and flying debris from entering the eyes, while gloves protect operators when using sharp objects. Other PPEs are dust masks to prevent dust inhalation, hearing protection to protect ears from damage, and high-visibility vests for operators to be seen easily. Replace PPEs whenever necessary.
4. Post Safety Signs Around the Site
Your personnel should always be aware of the potential hazards around them, and posting safety signs is an effective way to remind them. Place basic information like warnings against removing guards, wearing safety gear, and any other hazard-specific instructions around the mining products. The signs should be large enough to be easily visible. This simple step can save your personnel from potential injuries and even fatalities. Everyone should understand warning signals, like alarms or flashing lights, when they should be used, and how to respond to them. Staying alert and avoiding distractions can also help prevent accidents.
5. Operate Within the Manufacturer’s Specifications
Mining products come with specific instructions on how to operate them, and operators should follow these guidelines. Review the manual to know the machine capacity limits and any other restrictions. That can promote safe operation as overloads can damage the tool and endanger the operator. Always use the right tool for the job; if something doesn’t seem to be working correctly, stop the machine and inspect it for any signs of damage.
Contact Apache Ironworks for Quality Mining Products
At Apache Ironworks, we provide reliable mining products for various applications. Our machines are made from quality components, offering efficient and durable operation. We also understand that safety is a priority and train service personnel on safe machine use and maintenance. Contact us today for high-quality mining products or training.