Agency urges miners to focus on dangers

THE Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has called on the mining community to be vigilant about alerting miners and mine operators of workplace hazards attributed to colder weather and holiday distractions.
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Angie Tomlinson

The mining community is currently involved in a nationwide campaign "Focus on Examinations," to direct attention on safety, particularly conducting thorough pre-shift mine examinations to prevent coal mine ignitions and explosions.

"During the joyous holiday season, it's easy for both miners and mine operators to lose focus on work and possibly miss potential hazards in the mining workplace," said MSHA assistant secretary Dave Lauriski. "We want to remind everyone in the mining industry to concentrate on their duties and avoid the kinds of hazards and dangers that can bring unwanted tragedy."

MSHA will be sending hazard alerts to every U.S. mine operation this month, reminding operators of potential wintertime hazards at worksites. An audio message from Lauriski that alerts workers to keep their focus on hazards during the holidays will go to radio stations nationwide. During their routine visits to mining operations, agency inspectors will remind workers about winter weather and the hazards it can bring to the workplace.

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