5 hazards in the mining industry

April 25, 2017 Tara

If you work in the mining industry, you’re no doubt aware of the challenges and health risks associated, but we thought we’d help you out with further information.

Coal dust – if you spend a lot of time working in the coal mines, you face the risk of black lung. This might vary in the severity of the illness, with symptoms including scarring of lung tissue and shortness of breath.

Heat – There’s no doubt that the heat in the Australasian region can be horrific, particularly in central Australia. If you’re working in a hot and humid mining environment, you want to ensure you look after yourself. Stay hydrated and if you can, keep out of the sun as much as possible in the middle of the day. Heat can lead to fatigue and heat stroke.

Chemicals – no doubt you’re working with, or alongside, a number of chemical hazards so ensure you are wearing the right protection. With chemicals, you risk burns, poisoning and respiratory issues so do what you can to avoid full exposure.

Noise – mines can be extremely loud work environments, particularly thanks to heavy machinery and drilling. If you have long term exposure to loud noise, you risk tinnitus – which leaves you with a ringing in your ears. This can lead to concentration issues and sleep problems – and even hearing loss.

Vibration – if you spend a lot of time on machinery or standing, you risk what’s known as “whole body vibration” which can lead to vision impairment, problems with the digestive system and female reproductive system and musculoskeletal disorders.

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