Mine headgear constructions support wheel mechanisms for suspending winding cables that transport workers and ore up and down deep level shafts. These strange anthropomorphic structures have become the iconic symbol for mining.
How it works mine headgear works
A cable winds around “sheave” wheels on the “headgear” at the top. These cables are attached to a lift that transports miners, machines and ore into and out of the mine.
Materials that are used to make a mine shaft headgear
Modern headframes are built out of steel, concrete or a combination of both. Timber headframes are no longer used in industrialized countries but are still used in developing nations.