Open pit wall failures, loose rock rolling down slopes, ground water and stockpiling procedures are common sources of risks in Australian open cut operations. A sound understanding of open pit geotechnical concepts is crucial for mine workers. They need to have the competency to identify potential geomechanics hazards and take appropriate actions to facilitate their own and their peers’ safety.
- Open pit risk assessment and geomechanics issues
- Mining cycle – drilling, blasting, digging, loading, ground support, drainage and monitoring
- Slope failure mechanisms
- Slope monitoring and what to look for
- Stockpiles, roads, ramps and waste dump hazards
- Easy to understand and follow
- Applicable to most open pit mining operations
What does your workforce know about the ground hazards of open pits and waste dumps?