Working with high-voltage power systems comes with multiple, serious risks. The electrical fatality rate in industries like the mining industry can be 8 to 12 times higher than any other industry in the United States. Having rubber goods available for electrical safety is an important way to protect workers and stop accidents from happening. Here are five steps to maintaining your rubber goods and preventing electrical accidents on site.
Inspect Equipment Daily
Make sure that all rubber goods are being inspected daily for holes as well as being cleaned regularly.
The mine safety and health administration has a series of requirements for any type of rubber insulating goods. If you’re using older equipment, it may not be rated for the high-voltage requirements of new mining equipment. ASTM codes are available online for review.
Use Safe Storage Methods
Make sure that any of the PPE that you have on-site is being stored properly. This can help to prevent accidents with rubber goods or them breaking down over time.
Regular replacement of rubber goods is one of the only way that you can prevent accidents. Rather than performing regular safety testing on equipment, getting access to the newest electrical preventative safety equipment will make sure that you’re using a product that has been quality assured for its effectiveness.
Proper date stamping for replacement on electrical rubber can be important. Any of the rubber equipment that you have in stock will likely have a date of test for expiration date. Proper date stamping on your equipment is the only way to verify it is working effectively.
If you need access to high-quality safety equipment for your mining operations or information on safety equipment, contact us today.
This post was written by Justin Tidd, Director at https://beckersmcusa.com/. 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.