Refuge stations have been around since the 1930’s when they were introduced to the Mining Act. The refuge station’s primary function is to be a safe place to go during an emergency. However, most refuge stations serve a dual purpose and act as meeting/lunch room underground. Each level has a refuge, and anyone who enters the mine needs to know the location of the closest refuge in case of an emergency.
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What To Do In An Emergency?
While mines tailor emergency and refuge procedures to their site, the basics are the same. These include:
- If you see a fire or hear a rock blast, immediately head to the closest refuge station and report it. People on the surface will notify other underground workers
- Seal the door, if the air outside is contaminated
- Assign someone to let others in
- If you smell the stench gas (smells like rotten eggs), go to the closest refuge station
- Seal the door when expected people have arrived
- Report everyone who enters the refuge
- Do not leave the refuge until it is deemed safe, or mine rescue arrives