If you are involved in mining operations, you will occasionally need to use explosives in order to open up new areas for exploration and excavation. Below is a guide which will help you to carry out dangerous mining work safely.
Consider the source of your explosives supplier
Before you work out which type of explosives will be best for your mining operation, you should carefully consider your explosives supplier. A good supplier will be able to discuss the type of terrain the explosives you will use on before recommending the best type of explosive. Depending on the type of ground, they may suggest traditional dynamite. However, if the terrain you are working in is particularly challenging, you may need to use more modern types of explosives, such as Semtex.
Secure a safety zone
When placing explosives in the mine, it is important that you secure a safety zone around the area of work. When putting the explosives in place, you should consult with your explosives expert. The expert will be able to estimate the blast radius and the way in which rock and stone may be projected.
Evacuate the entire mine
In a large mining complex, you may be tempted only to evacuate the area of the mining complex where the explosive will be placed and detonated. However, this is not a good idea. In the past, workers have been hurt by toxic gas created by explosions that travelled to other parts of a large mine. There is also the threat that an unexpected rock fall will trap mining contractors who are still present in the tunnels and shafts. In order to protect your workforce, you should ensure that the mining complex is completely evacuated when explosives are being detonated.
Check the mix of explosives
If the explosives which are delivered to your mine are pre-mixed, then you will not need to check the mix of the explosives. However, if you have purchased the individual components needed to create the explosive material, you should exercise extreme caution when mixing these components to ensure you attain the right mix. Some explosive suppliers may offer you equipment which will help you to create the correct ratio of different compounds.
If you would like further information and advice about buying and using explosives safely for your mining operation, you should contact an experienced an professional explosives supplier who will be happy to help.