Mining Safety: Reduce Arc Flash Exposure Economically

For anyone that works with electricity, arc flash can be one of the largest concerns. Non Contact electrical burns that occur from an arc flash are one of the largest causes of electrical injuries especially within the mining industry. Arc flash can be dangerous for mining personnel and a business may face a series of lawsuits, fines and lost hours as a result of one of these accidents.

An arc flash can cause a series of injuries in someone that’s exposed to it including a collapsed lung, loss of vision, ruptured eardrums, puncture wounds, critical burns, and even fatal consequences.

In order to protect your staff you need to invest in a product that can eliminate an arc flash in a dangerous situation. Testing your environment to see how likely it may be to cause an arc flash can also help to improve safety. Arc flash analysis testing can eliminate the chance for equipment failure.

Make sure that your equipment is up to standard. The NFPA 70E standard for electrical safety in the workplace will provide you with standards for reducing arc flash. IEEE 1584 will also deliver a guide for performing hazard calculations for arc flash.

Leveraging your existing assets and replacing components, redoing parts and bringing yourself up to code can help you reduce the cost of equipment upgrades while improving your safety. Performing one of these assessments can help you reduce maintenance over time and prevent the worst case scenario from happening.

Having the processes in place to prevent arc flash and making sure that you’re regularly testing and assessing your business can be crucial to preventing downtime and dangerous situations from occurring in the first place. If you could use assistance with reducing the chance for arc flash with mining safety, contact us today.

This post was written by Justin Tidd, Director at 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.

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