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If you’re new to the Mining industry, you should be familiar with the industry lingo before going into an interview and ultimately, before entering the workforce. Not only will it help you impress the recruiter, it will also help you ease into the work environment more smoothly.
To help you brush up on your vocabulary, here are the top industry terms and buzzwords you need to know.
Adit – A horizontal opening in the side of a mountain or large hill that provides access to an underground mineral deposit.
Agglomeration – The method used to concentrate valuable materials (e.g. coal), based on their adhesion properties.
Black damp – A mixture of gases (usually carbon dioxide and nitrogen) that is toxic to inhale; it is found commonly in old or unventilated coal mines.
Colliery – Another term for coal mine; it includes all the equipment used to mine.
Gallows frame – The wooden or steel scaffold at the top of a mine shaft that carries the hoisting rope; also known as the headframe.
Grizzly – A screening device that is placed over the top of a chute or ore pass to help stop large pieces of rock or ore that may obstruct the path.
Haulageway – The underground entry designed to transport workers, equipment, or any extracted material, usually using a belt conveyor.
Muck – A term for the leftover debris after blasting a rock.
Winze – The passageway that connects tunnels that are at different levels.