MSHA ISSUES CALL TO SAFETY TO NATION’S COAL MINERS
Since October 2015, eight fatalities and more than 1,100 nonfatal accidents have occurred in the nation’s coal mines. The most common injuries out of the more than 1,100 mining accidents – 250 of which occurred at surface operations – were injuries to the back, shoulders, knees and fingers. In the near-fatal accidents, the majority were attributed to powered haulage, electrical and machinery classifications.
According to Joseph A. Main, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health (MSHA), “MSHA is using all of its tools – education and outreach, training, and enforcement – to prevent these accidents.” In an August 29, 2016 press release MSHA announced an initiative to encourage dialogue between and among coal miners, mine owners, operators. MSHA inspectors will be visiting mines to conduct “walk and talks” with miners and mine operators through September 30. Joseph A. Main explains: “These walk and talks are intended to increase miners’ awareness of recent accidents, encourage the application of safety training and raise hazard recognition”. http://www.msha.gov
“Walk and talks” explain that simply stopping and pausing in between tasks decreases accidents and increases productive work. Moving more carefully through tasks enables miners to more easily and readily recognize safety hazards. MSHA also offers educational materials on its website concerning important safety topics and methods to address safety hazards. http://arlweb.msha.gov/epd/efsms/toolbox/previous.asp