In the mining business, workers often spend numerous hours’ miles under the surface. Deep inside the Earth, the stone caverns in which their brave men do work are treacherous and having visibility at all times is a must.
Along the years, it’s been proven that the most practical and useful device for providing light in dark places for people in the mining industry is the cap lamp. It’s designed to have a strong battery, a small weight and a long lighting time for extended jobs. Falling down and being exposed to underground water are common occurrences, so these features are a staple when it comes to cap lamps.
In order to make sure the lamp is placed correctly, you should first be in possession of a stable and resilient cap, both for stability and protection. Even the best cap lamps are pretty much worthless if they fall from the cap and aren’t placed right.
You should then wonder about the depths you will be descending to and choose the light accordingly. In general, it’s better to overpay and be safe. Having your light die out in the middle of work is not the solution. Just because you wanted to save money, you should not compromise on an ordinary lamp. Be wary about other reviews, ask around with colleagues and take some lamps for trial periods, if you are able to. Then only time you should descent with a lamp is when you’ve made sure it fits right, it functions right and it runs long enough.
During the job
Maximum resilience is also a must when purchasing a cap lamp. Water resistance should be on top of your priority list when buying a lamp. Underground rivers are very frequent, especially in copper and coal mines. If a stream of water splashes on you, don’t try to touch around the lamp too much. The water might enter it and cause it to stop working. Remember, water resilience is only for the outside parts!
Shock resistance is very much connected to the point we’ve mentioned earlier – a stable and fitting cap. Generally, it doesn’t matter how shock resistant your cap lamp is if it falls away because it can’t be strapped in strongly enough.
Always operate it when you aren’t holding a heavy object or working. Make sure both of your hands are completely free, so that you can concentrate accordingly. Not being concentrate leads to accidents and injuries. Be careful!
Taking care of the cap lamp
In between jobs, make sure to check the glass for cracks often. Although you may not notice it, crack in the lamp glass can cause obstructions when emitting light. Every little photon is important when working several miles under the ground. Don’t hesitate to wash the glass so that it stays clear and provides you with maximum vision down there.
Also, make sure the light doesn’t flicker and don’t hesitate to test the battery to see if its life decreases and time passes. Every miner and the underground worker should have few spare bulbs by his side at all times. It’s somewhat common for the battery to be almost full but for the light to malfunction. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
These simple guidelines and tips should advise you both on how to purchase the right cap lamps for mining and underground use that are highly shock and water resistant and how to take care of it both during and after work. A safer and much reliable lamp is all you need to perform efficient mining.
Enjoy and mine safe!