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Mining Fall Protection

According to the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), slips and falls are a major cause of mining accidents each year. Many accidents and fatalities were caused by the absence of fall protection or improper use of fall arrest systems. For these reasons, mines are not exempt from fall protection regulations. Ensuring miner safety and productivity requires the implementation of a comprehensive fall prevention strategy, which includes the proper mix of fall protection equipment, personnel training, and partnering with a fall protection company that appreciates the unique nature of your mine’s potential fall hazards.

We are a complete turnkey provider of fall protection systems for the mining industry and have years of design and installation experience in this market sector. Contact us for expert assistance with your fall arrest, fall restraint and fall protection requirements.

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Design Considerations

Mine Fall Protection Design Considerations

Although mines have multiple access points that present fall hazards, maintenance bays are one of the most common areas requiring fall protection. Underground mine maintenance bays typically present high ceilings to accommodate large earth moving equipment. Maintenance personnel working on top of equipment are typically protected with free standing rigid beam systems or fall arrest systems that are anchored from the ceiling of maintenance area. A series of rods are driven into the surface overhead and then pull tested to ensure they will withstand the forces applied in the event of a fall. The walls and ceilings of mines are in a constant state of flux, so it is important to periodically inspect all anchor points to ensure the safety of the fall arrest system.

Many mine areas are also classified as confined spaces, and as such, there must be an appropriate means to rescue miners who may become incapacitated due to cave-ins or the presence of gas. Partnering with a fall protection company familiar with the fall hazards and confined space and rescue issues associated with the mining industry is vital to employee safety.

DFP has years of experience designing and installing fall protection and confined space rescue systems for the mining industry. Our understanding of your mine’s unique access points, fall hazards, and confined space issues, combined with our turnkey approach to OSHA compliant fall protection will keep both your facility and employees safe.

OSHA Regulations

    • 1926.502(d)
      'Personal fall arrest systems.' Personal fall arrest systems and their use shall comply with the provisions set forth below. Effective January 1, 1998, body belts are not acceptable as part of a personal fall arrest system. Note: The use of a body belt in a positioning device system is acceptable and is regulated under paragraph (e) of this section.
    • 1926.502(d)(8)
      Horizontal lifelines shall be designed, installed, and used, under the supervision of a qualified person, as part of a complete personal fall arrest system, which maintains a safety factor of at least two.
    • 1926.502(d)(9)
      Lanyards and vertical lifelines shall have a minimum breaking strength of 5,000 pounds (22.2 kN).

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