MSHA Issues New Serious Accident Alert


The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has issued a new Serious Accident Alert.

On Feb., 8, a plant operator was shoveling material from around a crusher when a rock fell from the surge bin deck above, striking the victim on the head. The rock split the victim's hardhat and the miner suffered a serious head injury.

MSHA recommends the following Best Practices to avoid injuries such as this:

  • Install adequate guarding in areas where miners work to protect them from the hazards of falling or flying material.
  • Keep walkways clear. Remove all loose materials and other hazards before working.
  • Eliminate or minimize material spillage from belts, bins and hoppers. 
  • Be mindful of falling material hazards and the risks from rock that can fly out from the screening plant.
  • Wear required personal protective equipment.
  • Restrict access to areas prone to falling or flying material.
  • Establish and discuss safe work procedures. 
  • Task train miners to recognize and eliminate all potential hazardous conditions and understand safe job procedures to eliminate all hazards before beginning work.
  • Do not place yourself in a position that will expose you to hazards while performing a task.

This alert can be posted on bulletin boards, used in safety talks or given to miners and contractors as a hand out.