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MSHA videos focus on attentiveness, safety training

Photo: US Department of Labor

Arlington, VA — New videos from the Mine Safety and Health Administration highlight the importance of remaining attentive to job tasks and completing proper safety training.

MSHA recorded 37 miner deaths in 2021 after six straight years in which fewer than 30 miners died on the job. The agency, on social media and via its recently launched Take Time, Save Lives campaign, has expressed concern over “an increase in fatalities and injuries.”

As of May 10, MSHA has reported 12 miner deaths this year, including three each related to powered haulage and machinery.

“Mining fatalities, accidents and injuries are preventable,” MSHA says in one of the videos. “Taking a minute to approach your task safely can protect you and your fellow miners from injury and death. Staying alert and focused can keep you safe. Do it safe, do it right. Whether buckling a seat belt or securing equipment, these quick safety measures can prevent injuries and fatalities.”

In a second video, the agency calls on employers and mine operators to provide relevant training to workers.

“Effective training is key to accident prevention,” the video says. “Always ensure miners are trained on safe work procedures in a language they understand. Develop step-by-step procedures and review them with all miners before they perform non-routine maintenance tasks.”

The videos remind industry stakeholders of additional resources offered by the agency – including videos, training guides and handbooks – and encourage them to visit MSHA’s website for more information.

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