Free resources: Safety checklist and presentation now available online
In January and February 2014, the Ministry of Labour (MOL) will be conducting a safety inspection blitz on locking and tagging in mine hoist plants. To help mines prepare, Jerry Wedzicha, MOL Provincial Mining Specialist Electrical-Mechanical, and Rick Banting, WSN Electrical-Mechanical Specialist, co-hosted a webinar on November 29.
Although the focus of the blitz is on the effectiveness of locking and tagging procedures in mine hoist plants, special emphasis will be placed on hoist programmable controls (PLCs). The use of PLC technology in mine hoist plants is a relatively new, but growing trend requiring close scrutiny by the MOL, particularly when applied within the context of locking and tagging.