Why specialised PPE Equipment is so important on the Mines.

Most injuries that occur in mines can easily be prevented with the right personal protective equipment. Local research shows that most mining injuries in South Africa are caused by not using the correct PPE.

Miners are exposed to tremors, rockfalls, human error and harsh conditions increasing the odds of an injury disaster. The consequences of not having proper specialised PPE may lead to injuries, loss of a limb or part of a limb, a permanent physical defect or even a fatality. An additional impact is increased downtime, which translates into reduced profits and greater overheads.

Equipping miners with a good supply of specialised PPE can help employers improve:

  • Visibility while working;
  • Prevent scratches and broken bones;
  • Keep valuable items and equipment safe;
  • Reduce injuries from minor to fatal; and
  • Increase work productivity.

The following are different pieces of personal protective equipment that will keep workers safe while they’re working in the mine. Remember, miners will need to be protected from head to toe!

  • Hard Hats
  • Safety Glasses
  • Mask/Respiratory Protection
  • Hearing Protection
  • Reflective Clothing
  • Personal Fall Protection Equipment
  • Hand & Foot Protection
  • Bags & Accessories

StitchWise continues to supply specialised PPE including knee guards and arm guards to protect extremities, as well as shoulder straps, cap lamp belts, hard hat harnesses and kidney support belts to assist miners in protecting their bodies while they work in extreme underground conditions.

Not only are we renowned for manufacturing high quality PPE equipment we also produce Geotextile Accessories. Providing miners with durable, light and waterproof customised bags. Including; Hygrometer pouches, ventilation bags, respiratory and haver bags. For tools that cannot be left underground, we have a specialised heavy-duty tool bag that can be carried in and out of mines.

Stitchwise is continually coming up with innovative ideas to keep improving our products and ensure the safety of miners in South Africa. Our team started a sewing skills project to empower disabled miners. For more detailed information on our products, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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