The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) reported that so far this year, nine miners have been killed and 185 have been injured in accidents involving powered haulage equipment such as shuttle cars, scoops, locomotives, front end loaders and more.
Year to date, this is the highest number of powered haulage fatalities since 2006. The safety of mining’s most precious resource – the miner – is a critical mission at the Mine Safety and Health Administration. That’s why the agency is hosting a national Stand Down for Safety Day focused on powered haulage and vehicle rollovers to help educate miners, save lives and prevent injuries.
July 20 is MSHA’s Stand Down for Safety Day, when all levels of MSHA enforcement staff will visit mines to meet with miners and operators. MSHA staff will emphasize the need to comply with best safety practices for powered haulage, vehicle rollovers, and miner training. This outreach is centered on reducing mining-related fatalities and injuries.
“Join us in getting the word out about mining hazards and how to keep workers safe. Share the information and resources at www.msha.gov/poweredhaulage, where you can find best practices, training presentations, safety videos, and safety flyers,” the agency said.