MSHA Requests Information on Engineering Controls to Prevent Mining Accidents
MSHA has issued a request for information intended to help improve mining safety by preventing accidents that involve mobile equipment and belt conveyors. According to the agency, accidents involving mobile equipment such as bulldozers, front-end loaders, and haul trucks have historically accounted for a large number of fatalities in mining. Seventeen fatalities related to working near or around belt conveyors, which present entanglement hazards, have been reported since 2007. MSHA requests feedback from the mining community about engineering controls that could be used in mobile equipment and belt conveyors to reduce accidents, fatalities, and injuries in mining.  The agency seeks data on best practices, training materials, policies and procedures, technologies, and other information related to safety in and around mobile equipment and for working near and around belt conveyors.  MSHA will accept comments in response to the RFI until Dec. 24, 2018. Information about submitting comments is available in the Federal Register notice.
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