Despite a significant decline in mining-related fatalities, some basic safety-related problems persist with powered haulage

The U.S. has seen mining-related fatality rates decline to single digits. One would think the fatalities that do occur are freak accidents, but oftentimes, they are not. In many cases, had the miners simply followed procedure or used common sense, they would still be with us today. Why did they make those choices? How can equipment operators be convinced to fasten their seat belts? Why did they splice that conveyor without locking out the drive motors? These questions and many more haunt today’s safety professionals.
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