Mine Safety in the Sand & Gravel Industry – July 31, 2014


Increasing Safety Training in the Wake of Tragedy

From October 2013 through June 2014 there have been 22 recorded fatalities at metal/nonmetal mining operations. With the increased fatalities, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has increased their focus on “task training, mine examinations, causes of mining fatalities and best practices to prevent mine accidents“.

As an active member of the Colorado Stone, Sand & Gravel Association’s Safety Committee since 1991, I realize the importance of emphasis that CSSGA member companies continue to put on safety. It’s through proactive training and sharing of best practices that we are able to keep sending the men and women in the field back home to their families after every shift.

One of the most effective methods for proactive training is the partnership that CSSGA members, the Colorado Division of Reclamation Mining & Safety (DRMS), Focus on Training LLC have formed to create our safety training DVDs. This safety task force combines experience, expertise, and innovation through the participation of a diverse group of  individuals. Our Task Training DVD offers safety and operations managers the flexibility to train their employees on a variety of tasks such as pre- and post-shift inspections, operating procedures, and potential hazards. The Part-46 New Miner Training DVD  is one of a handful of MSHA sanctioned training products that allows new miners to complete their required training while with their supervisor on the mine site.

The message is clear, safety must continue to be a priority for all mine operators, safety managers, and employees. It is only through the culture of safety as well as continued education and innovation that we can once again decrease fatalities in our operations. I encourage you to contact the CSSGA to see how you can protect your most valuable asset, your employees.

Bill York-Feirn, Mine Safety Program Manager, Colorado Division of Reclamation Mining and Safety

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