MSHA in Quest to Improve Mining Safety Equipment

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is looking to improve safety technology for mobile equipment and belt conveyors.

As part of that effort, it will hold six public stakeholder meetings and a webinar throughout August and September. The agency’s request for information (RFI) regarding this project was published in the Federal Register on June 26, 2018.

Mobile equipment at surface operations includes bulldozers, front-end loaders and trucks, while belt conveyors are used to transport materials in surface and underground mines.

The RFI is part of a larger initiative that MSHA is undertaking to reduce accidents involving powered haulage – which includes haul trucks, front-end loaders and other large vehicles – as well as belt conveyors.

In addition to soliciting data from stakeholders on technology and practices that can improve safety conditions for miners, MSHA will provide technical assistance and develop best practices and training materials to raise awareness of hazards related to mobile equipment and belt conveyors.

Meeting dates and places can be found on MSHA’s website.