The safety of miners is a major challenge. Miner's health and life is vulnerable to several critical issues, which include not only the working environment, but also the associated effect to the workers. Mining activities release harmful and flammable gases in turn exposing the associated workers to the danger. This put a lot of pressure on the mining industry. To increase the productivity and reduce the cost of mining along with consideration of the safety of workers, an innovative approach like safety monitoring system is required.
Miner's health is in danger mainly because of the harmful and flammable gases that often are released in underground mines. These gases cannot be detected easily by human senses. This project aims at detect a presence concentration of harmful and flammable gases, temperature and oxygen concentration in mining areas and alert the miners when the situation become critical before any casualty occurs. The designed Mineworkers surveillance and safety system comprises wireless sensor network, which include multiple sensors to sense the environmental condition in mining, Transmission Modules, and computer system with user interface and database to keep data for miner operator to observe the situation and for further analysis to allow the prediction.
Then the system send the detected value to the database for storage and allow the registered miner operator to login to the system and observe the interpreted data, which reflect the mine situation and therefore alert workers when detected value exceed the threshold value.