April 17, 2017
The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) issued a Check-in/Check-0ut System Alert for all metal/non-metal underground mines in order to bring awareness to the importance of having an effective check-in/check-out system. Each tag represents a human life.
In day-to-day operations, a Check-in/Check-out system ensures that blasting underground can take place without exposing miners to hazards that might include oxygen deficiency, gases, and blast concussions. In the event of an emergency, the system provides a method to make sure all workers are accounted for, and may trigger the deployment of mine rescue teams for missing workers.
MSHA offers the following Best Practices for Check-in/Check-out systems:
Your mine’s check-in /check-out system cannot be taken lightly. Lives depend on the system being used accurately and consistently.