How do You Communicate in Mining?

Date: March 23, 2023 | Category: Intrinsically Safe Headset

The mining industry is one of the most crucial sectors of the economy. Despite that, the industry faces unique challenges due to its remote locations, rugged terrain, and hazardous work environments. As a result, communication is essential for the sake of miners' lives, enabling companies to overcome many of these challenges and improve safety, productivity, and profitability.

Two-way radio communication in the mining industry has evolved significantly over the years, from simple radio systems to sophisticated wireless networks and headsets that support effective communication. Modern radio communication systems are designed to provide seamless connectivity across vast distances, allowing workers to stay connected in even the most remote and challenging environments.

Mining Risks

One of the most significant benefits of advanced communication systems in the mining industry is improved safety. Mines are inherently dangerous places, with risks such as cave-ins, explosions, and harmful toxins. Two-way radio communication systems enable workers to work quickly and easily communicate with each other and allow rapid response time to potentially hazardous emergencies. Despite the advancement of communication in the mining industry, however, there's still one hazard that 76% of miners are exposed to daily - extreme noise exposure.

Those who work in mining put themselves at risk every day, as the heavy equipment and drilling contribute to hazardous noise levels. Despite the importance of the mining industry and 30 years of regulations, hearing damage still takes place. It is estimated that 90% of miners worldwide have developed hearing impairment by the age of 50 (NIH, 2018).  

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Sensear adds a level of safety to the mining industry that is missing. First, the extreme noise exposure that mine workers experience daily is reduced to 82 dB(A), meaning miners can go to work without worrying about exposing themselves to hearing damage. Simultaneously, with the use of our SENS® Technology, human speech is isolated and enhanced over harmful noise, providing clear and effective communication. Additionally, the 4 SENS® microphones provide omnidirectional awareness of their surroundings, so miners know exactly what's happening around them at all times. So, not only is Sensear solving one of the most prominent safety hazards in the mining industry, but we are also improving communication and productivity. 

With Sensear, workers stay connected with one another, allowing for better coordination and communication. This can lead to faster decision-making, improved efficiency, and increased throughput. Two-way radio communication systems can also help reduce downtime by providing real-time monitoring, allowing for the issue to be quickly identified and resolved. Communication is key, and when your workers can effectively communicate, everything else falls into place. 

Sensear improves safety in mining, and with the use of our Smart Headsets, the industry is one step closer to providing miners with the safety they deserve. To find the right headset for you try our Headset Selector Tool or download our Product Catalog today.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Nate Holmer

Marketing Manager As the marketing manager for Sensear, Nate brings over ten years of experience in B2B digital marketing and sales, specializing in content marketing. Nate's background in the manufacturing and industrial sectors equips him with a deep understanding of the "buyer persona" and the unique safety challenges end-users face in industrial environments. His commitment to end-user awareness and education on work-related hearing loss illustrates his passion for hearing conservation. His personal motivation for solutions to reduce occupational hearing loss makes him the perfect fit to drive user awareness of Sensear's advancements and comprehensive employee safety benefits.