Cap Lamp Signals. Safety & Communication in the Dark Created by Pat Gazewood. Underground Mining Presents Many Challenges. Environment is primary concern. Atmosphere. Ground conditions. No lighting. History Teaches:.
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Safety & Communication in the Dark
By allowing better identifications of hidden objects in the dark.
It communicates a miner’s actions.
It allows you to control actions of others that may not see hidden dangers by warning them.Cap Lamps Are a Safety Tool & PPE.
Cap lamp signals can be a matter of life or death!!!
Improper usage causes problems up and down the mining cycle.
Not understanding signals creates dangerous behaviors.
It can create ramp rage, delay mining cycles, and lead to an accident, or worse death.Safety Tools Require Proper Training.
What barriers cause break downs in communication here & create hazards.
Illumination in haulage ways.
Lack of training.
Belief that hand signals are visible in the dark.
Laziness.Hindrances to Cap Lamp Communication.
If you don’t understand signals stop & talk verbally.
Overcome the deer in the headlight look.
Work with one another, not against.
Learn to use lamp signals they are more empowering than hand signals when used properly.Overcoming Communications Hindrances.
There is No Service So Needed,
No Job So Important,
That We Cannot Take The Time
To Do The Job Safely.