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PIMCU Continues to Implement a Comprehensive Programme to Improve Industrial Safety and Reduce Injury Rate
Installation of an integrated automated Cascade access control system has been competed at PIMCU mine No. 8. Implementation of this project is the next step in improving industrial safety level, reducing injury rate and speeding-up pre-shift control processes.
We shall recall that the underground uranium mines have been earlier equipped with the systems of mining and underground communication and personnel and equipment positioning, which allow ensuring the overall safety of mining operations and preventing accidents, as well as locating people quickly in case of the latter.
The system itself consists of turnstiles, cameras, monitors, computers, breathalyzers and the main server. Its significant advantage is exclusion of the human factor and automation of all processes starting with the building security and ending with the personnel control. Sergey Dolgikh, Deputy Director of the mine No. 8, explains: “When entering the building, a worker brings his/her pass against the turnstile reader, then the monitor located over the passage system displays his/her photo, which eliminates any pass transfers to third parties. Then, the worker shall pass the sobriety breathing test, after which the doors open automatically and he/she goes directly into the administration building”.
It takes eight seconds for a worker to pass the passage system, which can be passed simultaneously by three people. Thus, all the pre-shift control processes are accelerated substantially. The access control system is versatile due to keeping the working time record, monitoring the health condition of personnel, conducting automated breathing tests, monitoring time attendance and issuance of work orders, as well as keeping record of all those present and absent at their workplaces.