MSHA seeking data to improve miner safety

By |  July 2, 2018

The Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA) is seeking data on technologies to help improve safety conditions for miners across the country, the agency announced.

MSHA’s Request for Information (RFI) prioritizes reducing accidents involving mobile equipment – such as bulldozers, front-end loaders and trucks – at surface mines and conveyor belts at both surface and underground mines.

The RFI is currently available for viewing via the Federal Register. 

“The Trump administration is committed to the health and safety of America’s miners,” says David Zatezalo, assistant secretary of labor for MSHA. “Through the deployment of modern technologies, such as proximity detection, we can help ensure that miners return home safely at the end of their shifts. MSHA is also interested in learning more about how seat belts can be more widely used in mining operations to prevent injuries.”

According to MSHA, plans to hold stakeholder meetings and provide technical assistance to develop best practices and training materials to raise awareness of hazards related to mobile equipment and conveyors. The dates and locations of stakeholder meetings will be published in a separate notice via the Federal Register at a later date.

Zach Mentz

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