MSHA has issued the Think, Plan Train Before You Begin Work! alert in an effort to curtail accidents during April, the start-up month for many aggregate operations that have been idle through the winter.
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health (MSHA) Joseph A. Main announced the agency s plan to curb mining deaths in one of the year s deadliest months at the 34th Annual South Central Joint Mine Health & Safety Conference in Grapevine, Texas.
When operations recommence operation in the spring, they often do so with employees who are new to the mining environment or are†performing unfamiliar tasks. This has resulted in the month of April being the second deadliest month in the metal/non-metal†mining industry with a total of 50 fatalities†since 2000.
“Our Think, Plan Train Before You Begin Work! alert will help make sure we all stay laser focused on preventing the deadly consequences that April has historically brought, Main says.
- Think, Plan, Train& Before you Begin Work!
- Establish safe work procedures
- Follow manufacturers recommendations
- Secure, block, and/or chock equipment against movement
- Discuss all hazards and correct them before starting work
- Alert employees to the hazards
- Keep training up to date
- Task train employees
- Task Analysis and Work Place Examinations
- Conduct a workplace examination of the area before you start to work
- Analyze the job before beginning work
- Hazards associated with the job should be properly communicated, before starting work
- Make sure appropriate tools are available for the job/use them