The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) launched a new safety campaign Feb. 28 in response to recent trends in mining incidents resulting in injuries and deaths.
Many of these incidents could have been prevented with proper training and attention to tasks, leading MSHA to initiate its Take Time Save Lives campaign.
This campaign is meant to educate miners and promote resources detailing best work practices, while ensuring mine operators know their responsibility to ensure a safe workplace and have the tools they need to properly train miners.
While the campaign highlights best practices for the types of incidents that have been occurring with more frequency since the start of 2022, it’s also designed to make sure mine operators provide their employees with proper training relating to general mine safety and specific mine equipment.
Since mine operators are responsible for training to prevent deadly accidents, MSHA will be sending posters to all U.S. mines displaying steps mine operators can take to make their worksites safe.
Topics covered by the campaign include:
- powered haulage safety
- roof and rib falls.
- fire suppression and prevention
- fatality updates, and
- COVID-19 prevention.