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Cap Lamp Signals Safety & Communication in the Dark Created by Pat Gazewood
Underground Mining Presents Many Challenges. Environment is primary concern.Environment is primary concern. Atmosphere.Atmosphere. Ground conditions.Ground conditions. No lighting.No lighting.
History Teaches: Fire was first tool used for illumination in underground mining for centuries.Fire was first tool used for illumination in underground mining for centuries. Later candle sticks were used up until the 19 th century.Later candle sticks were used up until the 19 th century.
Miners Needed Better Lighting. Candles created poor lighting.Candles created poor lighting. Candles started fires, killing thousands of miners over the centuries.Candles started fires, killing thousands of miners over the centuries. Methane gas explosions were a big problem.Methane gas explosions were a big problem.
Walking Down the Drift Was a Problem. Then someone thought. Lets stick a candle on a cap. The cap lamp was born. Still problems persisted. Wax in your eye burns. Hair burns really nice. Smells great too!
Invention Is the Mother of Necessity. Lamps progressed from candles to carbide.Lamps progressed from candles to carbide. From carbide to batteries.From carbide to batteries. Better illumination was a must.Better illumination was a must.
Invention of Portable Battery Units. Greatly increased visibility. Reduced fire hazards. Increased safety in working areas.
Cap Lamps Have All Kinds of New Features. Halogen bulbs. PED devices. Leaky feeder radio. Longer battery life. Reduced sizes & weight. Intrinsically safe.
Cap Lamps Are a Safety Tool & PPE. It illuminates hazards.It illuminates hazards. By allowing better identifications of hidden objects in the dark.By allowing better identifications of hidden objects in the dark. It communicates a miners actions. It allows you to control actions of others that may not see hidden dangers by warning them.
Safety Tools Require Proper Training. Cap lamp signals can be a matter of life or death!!!Cap lamp signals can be a matter of life or death!!! Improper usage causes problems up and down the mining cycle.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.
Cap Lamps Are Simple to Learn & Practice. There are three basic commands.There are three basic commands. Come forward.Come forward. Move away.Move away. Stop.Stop.
Come Forward Command: This command is simple. Rotate head in a wide circular motion.This command is simple. Rotate head in a wide circular motion.
Move Away Command: This command is made by moving the head up down like you nodding yes.
The Stop Command: This command is simple.This command is simple. It means stop NOW!!!It means stop NOW!!! Move the head back and forth like your motioning no with the head.Move the head back and forth like your motioning no with the head.
Hindrances to Cap Lamp Communication. What barriers cause break downs in communication here & create hazards.What barriers cause break downs in communication here & create hazards. Misunderstood signals.Misunderstood signals. Illumination in haulage ways. Lack of training. Stubbornness. Belief that hand signals are visible in the dark. Laziness.
Overcoming Communications Hindrances. Dont rely on drift illumination as a communication catch all.Dont rely on drift illumination as a communication catch all. If you dont understand signals stop & talk verbally.If you dont 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.
Proper Care For Personal Cap Lamps. Inspect lamp before & after each use. Note: charging status. Green light is lit. Its fully charged. Unlit green light, its not fully charged.
Proper Personal Lamp Care Cont. Inspect cords.Inspect cords. Test both bulbs.Test both bulbs. Make sure cords have reflective tape so if your light goes out you can be scene.Make sure cords have reflective tape so if your light goes out you can be scene. Check lens.Check lens. Check for missing parts.Check for missing parts.
Repair Tag Station If your lamp is B.O. Tag it out. Attach a repair tag. List what is wrong & tie a knot in cord.
Cap Lamp Care Cont. Leave lamp in charger.Leave lamp in charger. If your lamp goes dead, while underground, lamps are at various places underground.If your lamp goes dead, while underground, lamps are at various places underground. Follow up. Return spare lamps back to original chargers. When finished.Follow up. Return spare lamps back to original chargers. When finished.
In Summary: Effective communication with cap lamps increases operator awareness.Effective communication with cap lamps increases operator awareness. Reduces confusion between mining personnel.Reduces confusion between mining personnel. Lowers the potential for major traumatic accidents.Lowers the potential for major traumatic accidents.
Working Accident Free Requires Everyones Help. Going Home Safely Everyday is The Most Important Thing You Can Do Today!
Safe Working Motto: There is No Service So Needed, No Job So Important, That We Cannot Take The Time To Do The Job Safely.