Thursday, October 18, 2012

Best Practices for Miners

Six coal miners and five metal/nonmetal miners died in work-related accidents from July 1 to Sept. 30, 2012, according to MSHA. Although mining deaths and injuries have reached historic lows, more has to be done to prevent fatalities, says MSHA’s Assistant Secretary of Labor Joseph Main. “Workplace examinations for hazards, pre-shift and on-shift, can identify and eliminate hazards that kill and injure miners,” Main adds. “Providing effective and appropriate training will ensure that miners recognize and understand hazards and how to control or eliminate them.” MSHA provides lists of best practices in metal/nonmetal mines and coal mines. For more information on 2012’s third quarter summary of mine injuries and fatalities, click here.