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Miner's Tip

The Magic Of Mentoring

Safety Something YOU can live with!
Mine Type: All mines, surface and underground
Category: Communications and Training


Alfredo Paredes II of Temecula, California shares valued memories of being mentored:

Day in and day out we tram our drills to new locations and nothing ever happens. Just about the time we forget we are operating a piece of equipment with no suspension and not driving our trucks, it happens: The Magic Of Mentoring

You get that feeling of loss of control and your heart starts to race. For the next few days you walk around your drill before you tram and you are much more aware of your surroundings. But as that feeling goes away you stop walking around your drill before you tram and become less aware of your surroundings. I was always told three things when I was being schooled in the art of tramming a drill:

I owe a lot to that old timer. Thanks Dad.

MSHA postscript: The message Mr. Paredes shares is much deeper than the tramming of a drill. Safety training can come in many forms. Often the best, most unforgettable training comes at the side of a parent, a mentor, or an older, experienced coworker who cared enough to take a new kid under his wing. In the workplace there is no greater act of kindness and caring than the sharing of a safe work attitude.

MSHA extends a thank you and a tip of the hardhat to
Alfredo Paredes,
a winner of a limited edition sticker and patch.


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Issued: 12/10/2007
Tag # AP2006-93525