MSHA Raises the Alarm Regarding Mining Contractor Safety

There have already been four metal/nonmetal mine fatalities this year in the United States. Two of these (50%) were contractor fatalities, leading MSHA to release a safety alert that provides best practices to ensure the safety of contract miners. Hopefully there are lessons that can be learned from these tragedies that will help the industry improve its record on contractor safety and prevent future incidents in the coming year.

Contractor Fatalities and Safety Concerns

On January 8, 2015, a sales manager with 11 years of experience was killed at a sand and gravel mine when he was installing new screen panels on a screen deck; the feeder box pivoted and he was pinned between the box and the rear support beam of the screen deck. Just three days later, on January 11, 2015, a contract shaft miner with 35 years of experience was killed at an underground gold … Read more...

International Water Safety Day, Turkish Coal Mine Disaster, EPA Training Grants and more on EHS This Week!

On this week’s edition of EHS This Week we’ve got the week’s top stories in environment, health and safety news:

  • Recognizing International Water Safety Day
  • Fatal Turkish coal mine explosion and fire
  • West Virginia coal mine collapse
  • NIOSH releases guide for small businesses
  • EPA announces environmental job training grants
  • Public Citizen report weighs in on I2P2

Remember to write us with your suggestions, questions and comments. Also, if you are an industry expert and ever want to take part in the program, we’d love to have you.

Until next week, enjoy the program!

EHS This Week Resources

For more information on the stories and resources mentioned in this week’s podcast, check out the links below.

  • NIOSH Guide for Small Businesses – View it here.
  • OSHA Regulatory Agenda – View it here.
  • EPA’s Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grants – Learn more about the program here.
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