Optimizing maintenance and machinery increases safety

Mining Insights Maintenance and Safety

Safety is a major priority for mining companies. It is a daily challenge to find ways to decrease risks of injuries or disasters. Risks include lubricant leakages, which can lead to worker slippages or fires, injuries due to working in dangerous locations (e.g., remote or high places), danger working with heavy parts and much more. Most accidents in mining occur during maintenance on machinery.

Here are some important guidelines for increasing safety by improving maintenance practices and optimizing machinery:

  • Use of an automatic lubrication system decreases quantity of lubricant, which reduces probability of leakages
  • Suitable seals reduce maintenance requirements and leakages
  • Use of an automatic lubrication system reduces the need for workers to go to hazardous locations for relubrication
  • Using dedicated maintenance tools will limit injury risks by decreasing maintenance operation time and making maintenance easier
  • Predictive Maintenance (e.g., thermography, vibration analysis) of machines helps avoid unnecessary maintenance downtime and in some cases can be done remotely, which limits workers’ exposure to hazardous machinery and areas
  • Using optimized bearings, sleeves, housings and seals can improve machine reliability and ease of assembly and disassembly

"Digging Deep"

Read this Evolution magazine article to learn what a Czech mining company is doing to help assure the safety, speed and reliability of moving critical assets up and down its mineshafts.
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