As in any industry, new employees have a lot to learn about their new jobs and responsibilities. In the drilling industry however, there are safety issues that newcomers must also be aware of and learn about in order to be safe and avoid accidents. With proper training and supervision, most accidents can be prevented.
Knowing how to properly use tools and equipment and using safe working practices are also key components to avoiding accidents. So for all the new drillers and helpers, or those of you who have hired new employees, here is an overview of some basic safety guidelines.
What you wear
- Always wear protective clothing that fits well and is not loose. Loose clothing can catch in moving equipment, something you want to avoid.
- Wear a hard hat, protection for your eyes and ears, reflective vests, gloves and safety boots. Be aware of new safety gear requirements as these can change. You want the latest and safest gear, not something outdated.
- Always use your safety belt and life line.
- Don’t wear rings or other jewelry at work as these can get caught as well.
Learn more about the latest safety gear here.
What you do
- Make sure you use the right tool for the job. Make sure you know how to use it correctly before you start.
- Don’t try to repair moving machinery. Always turn off the machinery and make sure you know what you are doing.
- Store your tools properly and keep your workplace neat and safe. Besides making sure your tools are not damaged and last long, you can make sure no accidents happen because someone trips over equipment left lying around.
- If you have to lift heavy objects, make sure you do so properly, using your legs and not your back.
- Check wire rope and other equipment regularly to make sure they are in good condition. Maintain your equipment regularly, including inspection of parts, lubrication and replacing worn parts and equipment.
How you work
- Don’t rush and learn to be patient. Newbies often want to prove themselves and rush when patience is the way to go. Taking the time to do something properly one time is always preferable.
- Be aware of your environment, not only the drilling equipment but the area around it. Be prepared for mosquitoes and the dangers they may pose, like malaria. Be aware of the wildlife that may be around you if you are drilling in a remote area. If you are working in a foreign land, be aware of the vaccinations required, the type of culture you are working in. If you are drilling at a high altitude, be aware of specific safety precautions you will need to take.
- Respect the weather conditions. The weather can be brutally cold in winter posing certain kinds of threats like frostbite and hypothermia. Extreme heat can cause heatstroke and other conditions.
- Know and respect fire hazards.
- Know your drilling equipment to avoid accidents. Make sure to study the operation manuals so you know how to use the equipment properly and always follow the suppliers’ safety guidelines.
- Helpers should always ask the driller/operator the locations of all emergency stop buttons found on the drill.
Diamond drilling can be a great career choice if you enjoy the outdoors and are technically minded. Just be sure to educate yourself properly so that your new career can last. Make sure you pay attention to any training offered and don’t be afraid to ask questions of the more experienced drillers or your management. When it comes to learning about drilling tools, equipment or procedures, you can always contact our technical support team. They have years of experience and are willing to share their knowledge.