MSHA Alert: Mining Safety

| Published on September 24, 2013

A miner was killed on September 16 when the truck he was driving traveled through a berm and over a highwall.

A miner was killed on September 16 when the truck he was driving traveled through a berm and over a highwall.

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has reported that three fatal accidents have occurred within a week at metal and nonmetal mines.

A September 16, 2013, incident involved a 58-year-old miner who was killed when he was driving a haul truck that traveled through a berm and over a highwall.

A September 18, 2013, incident involved a 56-year-old miner who was killed when material in a hopper engulfed him.

A September 19, 2013, incident involved a 32-year-old miner who was killed when he was driving a truck that flipped over.

A miner died on September 18 when he was engulfed by material in a hopper.

A miner died on September 18 when he was engulfed by material in a hopper.

MSHA noted that “October is historically the deadliest month for miners.”

The agency added that industry professionals should “stay alert and take the necessary actions needed to stop these accidents from recurring.”

MSHA recommends the following best practices for mining:

  • Examine your work area

  • Identify all hazards, including potential hazards

  • A miner was killed on September 19 when the truck he was driving flipped over.

    A miner was killed on September 19 when the truck he was driving flipped over.

    Ensure  miners are trained and can demonstrate the use of fall protection

  • Be trained to safely operate the equipment

  • Always wear seat belts when operating mobile equipment

  • Be aware of people and activities in the area

  • Maintain control of mobile equipment

  • Never work on top of material in a hopper

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