Many injuries can be prevented by wearing the correct protective Clothing/Gear. In this section, we would like to discuss the correct clothing and gear required to perform many different mining activities.
The Mining Sector could do well to follow the example of the motorcycle community and their acronym ATGATT.
ATGATT and Mining safety
What is ATGATT? – A motorcycling acronym used to remind motorcyclists to wear All The Gear All The Time (ATGATT). This acronym is a commitment by bikers to the practice of wearing personal protective clothing at all times.
Mineworkers injured in mining accidents are often found not to have followed the protocol in wearing all the required gear at the time of the accident. The lesson is simple – ATGATT – Wear All The Gear All The Time!!
Mineworkers wearing full safety clothing of helmet, gloves, boots, protective padding etc will be able to address many dangers before and after an accident. Every mine should stipulate the protective personal equipment required for that mine and specific activity to be performed and ensure that workers abide by these stipulations.
Many types of protective clothing/ gear are available and there is no mutual agreement to which is best. It is also understood that even though protective gear might not help to avoid accidents – but it will most definitely help to avoid breakage, severe rash and limit the severity of injuries.