GRAPEVINE, Texas – Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health Joseph A. Main announced the agency’s plan to curb mining deaths in one of the year’s deadliest months. The announcement came at the 34th Annual South Central Joint Mine Health & Safety Conference in Grapevine.
Since 2000, 50 miners in the metal and nonmetal mining industry have died in workplace accidents in the month of April, which signals the beginning of the spring season and the startup of many mines idled during the winter months.
The April safety initiative is part of MSHA’s overall fatality reduction plan, which includes targeted safety alerts that mine inspectors share with miners, training representatives, mine operators and industry stakeholders.
In August 2015, MSHA launched aggressive enforcement and outreach actions in response to the events of Aug. 3, 2015 – a particularly deadly day in mining – when three miners died in separate accidents at mines in Nevada, North Dakota and Virginia.
With the staunch support of the mining industry, the campaign reduced fatalities to an all-time low of three in the seven months that followed.