Mine safety alert targets April – the second deadliest month in mining

MSHA urges vigilance as idled mines resume operations

Posted April 7, 2016

Since 2000, 50 miners in the metal and nonmetal mining industry have died in workplace accidents in the month of April, which signals the beginning of the spring season and the startup of many mines idled during the winter months. These startups often begin with new employees who are new to the mining environment.

To curb mining deaths in April, MSHA launched the safety alert initiative, “Think, Plan Train … Before You Begin Work!” at the 34th Annual South Central Joint Mine Health & Safety Conference in Grapevine, Texas, on March 29. The initiative urges miners to:

  • Establish safe work procedures
  • Follow manufacturers’ recommendations
  • Secure, block, and/or chock equipment against movement
  • Discuss all hazards and correct them before starting work
  • Alert employees to the hazards
  • Keep training up to date
  • Task train employees

The April safety initiative is part of MSHA’s overall fatality reduction plan, which includes targeted safety alerts that mine inspectors share with miners, training representatives, mine operators, and industry stakeholders in both the metal and nonmetal mining industry.


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