Posted by: Lawyer Sanders | November 5, 2008

Lawyer Sanders says MSHA targets the Top-10 causes of coal mining fatalities via a new safety training initiative.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (“MSHA”) announced a new safety initiative designed to highlight the leading causes of mine fatalities in the 21st century.   MSHA’s Safety Targets Training Program will focus on addressing and eliminating the most common causes of repeat fatal accidents that occurred from 2000 to 2008. Ten training modules are in development for coal and metal/nonmetal mines.  According to MSHA, the 10 leading causes of fatalities in coal mining accidents are:

1.                   roof / rib falls

2.                   operating equipment (surface)

3.                   hit by equipment (underground)

4.                   fall from elevations

5.                   maintenance

6.                   lock and tag

7.                   operating equipment (underground)

8.                   block against motion

9.                   unsafe act 

10.           hit by equipment (surface)

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