MSHA creates online training tool to report injuries

By |  July 27, 2015

The Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA) created an interactive, online training tool to help mine operators and contractors comply with federal regulations by reporting injuries, illnesses and accidents. The tool is aimed at helping operators understand Part 50 of the Code of Federal Regulations, which requires mine operators to notify MSHA of accidents, illnesses and injuries as well as report quarterly employment and production data.

“Accidents, injuries and illnesses are key indicators of the effectiveness of a mine operator’s health and safety program,” says Joe Main, assistant secretary of labor for mine safety and health. “This new tool helps clarify reporting requirements for mine operators so they can better document injuries and illnesses.”

The tool will help operators determine where they’re having trouble, as well as provide them with a better understanding of the Part 50 requirements, Main adds.

The training program contains all available information on Part 50. Available resources in the tool include the Part 50 Program Policy Manual, as well as information on how to report deaths and roof falls. It also explains how to fill out forms on accidents, injuries and illnesses. Finally, it provides users with access to the Mine Data Retrieval System, pattern of violations criteria and training modules.

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