Communication Devices

Good communication devices can help you avoid accidents in the mining industry.

Your safety in mines is your responsibility. Radios and personal alert system can help you do this.

To communicate with security personnel working in the mining sector, hand signals are used. Signals are movements that allow others to know what is happening. Hand signals can be used to avoid accidents in your mine operation. To signal others that you are turning left, you might point your thumb to the right if you are driving a transport vehicle.

Underground miners are required to wear personal alarm systems (PAS), electronic communication devices. These devices can be used as radio beacons to transmit signals to underground miners telling them to head for the surface.

Radios are another device that can be used to help miners stay safe. Underground miners are at greatest risk due to the difficulty of seeing one another around equipment and buildings. Radio communications allow miners to stay in touch with the surface. This helps to reduce the risk of accidents underground.

Communication devices can be used at mine sites to prevent accidents. Rockfall and fragmentation are more common for workers working on the ground. Cave-in protection systems like rock bolting and cage bolting are essential. Your life could be saved by a communication device alerting your colleagues to the possibility that ground may fall beneath you.

Over the last century, the safety record in the mining industry has been remarkable. Mining communication devices and the PAS system have become increasingly common. This has helped to reduce the risk associated with mining operations.

This post was written by Justin Tidd, Director at For over 15 years, Becker Communications has been the industry’s leader in increasingly more sophisticated electrical mining communication systems. As they expanded into surface mining, railroads, and tunneling they added wireless communication systems, handheld radios, tagging and tracking systems, as well as gas monitoring.