Recent Miner Deaths Boost Launch of MSHA Safety Campaign | 2022-03-09

Arlington, VA – Responding to what the agency calls an “unacceptable trend” of recent miner deaths resulting from inadequate training and inattention, the Mine Safety and Health Administration has launched a campaign to reiterate to mine operators their responsibility to keep workplaces safe and prevent fatalities.

As part of his “Take Time, Save Lives” CampaignMSHA offers training materials, best practices, and other resources related to several areas, including:

MSHA recorded 37 underage deaths last year, 17 of which involved motor transport incidents. The preliminary total comes after six consecutive years in which fewer than 30 miners have died on the job.

As of March 8, three of the 10 minor deaths recorded this year were linked to motor transport incidents. MSHA engineers estimate that the lives of three to four miners could be saved each year if proper seat belts were provided and worn.

“The goal of this new campaign is simple: mine operators should take the time to train miners on equipment and safety protocols, and miners should take the time to remember their training before starting a job.” said the agency’s acting administrator, Jeannette Galanis. A press release. “While the Take Time, Save Lives campaign specifically highlights best practices for frequent incidents, our goal is to reach minors with a wide range of resources.

“MSHA will continue to ensure that miners have the knowledge necessary to stay safe on the job, but it is up to mine operators to ensure that miners are fully trained and able to take the time to follow industry best practices. safety that can prevent fatal accidents.

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