Working around heavy equipment is inevitable when you work in the mining industry. Technology has made mining far more productive than ever before, but the downside is that this heavy equipment can also pose a risk for workers. They need to understand that risk if they want to avoid injuries.

Examples of hazardous machines

If you’re just getting started in this industry and you want to stay safe, identifying the heavy machinery that you may use is a crucial first step. Some examples of potentially hazardous machines include:

  • Excavators
  • Dump trucks
  • Mining drills
  • Earthmovers
  • Bulldozers
  • Blasting equipment
  • Hydraulic presses and crushing equipment
  • Conveyor belts and units

You also have to consider the widespread use of pickup trucks and other such vehicles. Anything that is used at the mine, if it’s powered and has moving parts, creates the potential for an accident. This could be a car accident, a case where you’re struck by part of the machine, an entanglement accident, or something else entirely. 

How can you avoid these hazards? The best thing is to get extensive training before working on any heavy machinery. Never use a machine you’re uncomfortable with. Always read the instruction manual. Get guidance from experienced workers and only use the machines on your own when you’re sure that you know how to do so safely. Always follow the safety regulations and never cut corners. 

What if you get injured?

Unfortunately, accidents happen, even to well-trained, safe workers. If you get injured on the job, it is critical for you to understand all of your legal options. Your recovery can be long and expensive, and you deserve representation that will fight for you.