Underground mining is far removed from the routine of everyday life above ground. The environment is dark and incredibly hot. Not to mention the very real risk of the loss of human life lurking in the corners. One wrong move and a tremor or cave-in could have dire consequences. In order to improve underground mining conditions, a range of underground support products are available to create a solid underground support system.
The foundation of a good underground support system lies in good quality products designed for use in underground mining conditions. A rock pack should be the foundation of any mining support product system used underground. This should be available in different sizes and applications for use in small and large mining operations as well as hard rock and soft rock mining operations. Adjustments should be made to include better support in poor ground conditions. In addition to this, the underground support products of mining operations should include rock grippa nets and backfill bags.
The miners themselves must also be protected with mining support products such as PPE (Personal Protective Equipment). PPE should include knee guards, arm guards, cap lamp belts, kidney support, shoulder straps, hard hats, first aid kits, ventilation bags, water bottle bags, utility bags and more. Mining support products not only assist miners in adapting to the underground space with greater ease; they also help to ensure that miners are kept safe in an unpredictable environment.
Furthermore, all necessary steps should be taken to establish sufficient ventilation and cool air for those working underground. Mine ventilation goes hand in hand with mining support products to control underground conditions such as atmosphere, contaminants and mine heat loads.
Eight of the ten deepest mines in the world reside in SA; one of them being a gold mine and having the distinction of being the deepest mine in the world. These mines and all the others in SA benefit from quality underground support and mining support products to safeguard miners from known and unknown elements underground.