| MSHA's Accident Prevention Program
Underground Rail Haulage Hazards
|Mine Type: All Underground|
An old adage says, 'If you want to know who the person most responsible for your safety is, just look in the mirror'. A tip from a coal miner in western Pennsylvania sent in a different twist on the subject. In his words:
"We have incorporated the use of large convex mirrors at bends/turns along the track haulage route. The mirrors are hung on cribs or the coal rib allowing traffic coming in either direction to see approaching traffic. The mirrors are not intended to replace other systems of traffic control, but to support the other systems in the advent of failure. Dispatcher systems have several flaws: human error and radio signal interruptions to name a few. Block light systems rely on electric or battery power that could fail. The mirrors are an inexpensive, long lasting, second system to prevent haulage accidents".
MSHA extends a thank you and a tip of the hardhat to
Joseph DeLisio of Pittsburgh, PA,
a winner of a limited edition sticker and patch.
By the way, safety glass or stainless steel mirrors reduce the risk of cuts.
If you have a tip you would like to pass on, you can e-mail it to zzMSHA-MinersTips@dol.gov. If your tip is selected, you will receive credit in this space.