The mining industry comes with its fair share of dangers and areas like South Africa, mining equates to up to 8% of the GDP and employs thousands of people across the country. The mining industry puts many workers in harms way and having access to the right equipment to operate in these dangerous environments can be essential to reducing accidents.
Explosion proof products are necessary especially in areas where there is a dangerous amount of combustible gas. In many mining environments there is oxygen pumped into the environment, there’s also a chance for ignition potential from extreme high temperatures or tools that can spark etc. combustible substances like flammable liquids, dust or gas can also be present in mining operations.
Explosion proof equipment is designed for many types of industries including the mining industry. The goal of these types of operations is to produce products that can operate safely in these dangerous environments. Explosion and flameproof products are designed with an enclosure that can withstand various distortion, cracking and internal pressures. Products which are labeled as explosion proof add an extra level of safety for miners and they can be designed with advanced quality assurance to meet extremely strict international manufacturing standards.
All of this equipment gets randomly tested by undergoing controlled explosions in simulated environments. By preparing for the worst case scenario is possible to prevent the chance of an extreme accident in the future due to equipment failure.
If you are working in a hazardous environment like mining you should always be considering using explosionproof products with your team.
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This post was written by Justin Tidd, Director at Becker/SMC. For nearly a half a century, Becker Mining has been at the forefront of industry safety. Becker/SMC is the industry’s leader in increasingly more sophisticated electrical control systems. Most of the major innovations, design features and specialized electrical components have been developed by Becker/SMC. Click here to learn more!