MSHA Reports 12th Fatality

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) reported that on May 18, a telehandler at the Young Mine, Jefferson County, Tenn., was towing a trailer with a diesel pump onboard up an inclined underground roadway when the tow hitch suddenly broke. The trailer rolled down the roadway, striking and fatally injuring a contract laborer. This is the 12th fatality reported…

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Powered Haulage Safety

With MSHA Focusing On The Risks Of Powered Haulage, Planning And Assessment Are Critical For Quarry Operators.  By Brian Hendrix Right now, MSHA is focusing on powered haulage safety. It is fair to say that powered haulage safety is one of – if not THE – highest priority for MSHA. It’s not difficult to see why: nine of the 17…

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First Look July 2021

TOP NEWS • USGS STATS • ECONOMIC INDICATORS • MSHA WATCH • ENERGY TOP NEWS  Bipartisan BillPresident Biden and a bipartisan group of senators have announced a deal on infrastructure spending. According to the White House, the price tag comes in at $1.2 trillion over eight years, with $579 billion in new spending. Other sources peg the legislation as a $973-…

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Virtual Reality Training Program Targets Mines

Underground and surface mines can be hazardous places, so when it comes to safety training in the mining profession, the old saying “practice makes perfect” holds true. To improve hazard safety instruction, a team at South Dakota Mines has spent the past year developing a virtual reality (VR) training module that mimics a mining environment.

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Virtual Reality Hazard Awareness Training Program Developed

Underground and surface mines can be hazardous places, so when it comes to safety training in the mining profession, the old saying “practice makes perfect” holds true. To improve hazard safety instruction, a team at South Dakota Mines has spent the past year developing a virtual reality (VR) training module that mimics a mining environment.

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MSHA Reports Ninth Fatality of 2021

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) reported that on April 22, a miner at Broadfoot Pit #2, Buffalo, Neb., was fatally injured when leaving the mine site in his personal pickup truck. The manual swing barrier gate was partially closed.  A gate pole entered the truck’s windshield as the pickup truck approached, striking the victim and causing fatal injuries.This…

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