| MSHA's Accident Prevention Program
|Mine Type: All Surface|
|Category: General Safety|
From 1993 through 2002 there have been thirteen fatal accidents associated with dredging in the mining industry. The cause of death in twelve of these accidents was drowning. The real tragedy in these accidents is eleven of these drowning victims were not wearing life vests or any Personal Flotation Devices (PFD's). So it is possible that over 80% of these deaths could have been prevented by the use of PFD's.
PFD's are required but some miners don't wear them. Some complain about PFD's being hot, others feel they're good swimmers, and there are those who say they just forget. These reasons are just weak excuses. Today many comfortable varieties of PFD's are available. Even strong swimmers may not be able to swim to safety and can drown. If you are forgetful, place your PFD in a place where you can't miss it before going near the water. Always wear your PFD when working on or near the water!
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