Safety, Mining Maintenance, and Henkel

    January 28, 2015

Given the many inherent challenges of maintenance in the mining industry, the issue of safety should always remain a priority with every worker, manager and owner.

Mine operators have the primary responsibility under the Mine Act to prevent the existence of unsafe and unhealthful working conditions. Just by selecting the right products, it’s possible to reduce some of the risks, and support efforts toward an accident-free workplace.

Here are three areas in which Henkel products can help to make mining operations safer.

1. Sealing Hydraulic Leaks
Much of the heavy equipment used in mines is hydraulic, requiring hydraulic fluid to be transmitted throughout the machine to various pumps and cylinders. Sealing hydraulic leaks is not only critical for the maintenance of this machinery; it also prevents hydraulic fluid from pooling on a floor and creating a slip hazard. Loctite  545™ Pneumatic/Hydraulic Thread Sealant is one of many sealant solutions Henkel provides to keep these machines running.

2. Anti-Slip Coatings
It’s virtually impossible to completely avoid moisture on mining floors. Loctite Bigfoot® Anti-Slip Coatings are among the strongest, most aggressive anti-slip solutions available for these sometimes treacherous areas.

3. Adhesive vs. Welding
Welding is inevitable in many machinery repairs or other mining applications. But whenever an adhesive (such as Loctite Structural Adhesives) can be substituted for the use of a welding torch, as in spot welds or hardfacing (application of wear-resistant metals to metal parts), it eliminates an inherent safety issue.

Mining maintenance safety is also improved when products are used correctly.

Hazard warnings and labels are clearly delineated on the packaging of all Henkel products, and Henkel is always available to answer questions about their proper usage to alleviate any worker safety issues or environmental concerns.

Find out more about Henkel mining maintenance solutions.

About the Author, Pintu Patel

Pintu “Bean” Patel is currently the Market Development Manager for Mining at Henkel. He previously worked at Dow Corning in various industries including Medical, Household, Performance Chemicals, Tire Segment and Oil & Gas as the Global / Regional Marketing Specialist. He has a B.S. of Marketing and an Executive MBA. Pintu is also USTA/USPTA National High Performance certified coach in Tennis for the past 16 years.

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