Mine sites can be extremely dangerous places to work especially if the correct safety systems are not in place!
To protect workers performing maintenance and repair, hazardous energy sources must be locked out on machinery. This prevents the unexpected and un-intended re-energizing and start-up of equipment.
Mining machinery most often involved in workplace accidents includes conveyors, rock bolting machines, milling machines and haulage equipment. During maintenance, workers can become entangled in components when the machine un-expectantly re-energizes.
Lockout/tagout procedures and effective devices are required to adequately protect workers from the unexpected start-up of equipment and machinery.