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Fatality Prevention - Rules to Live By
Rules to Live By III

"Preventing Common Mining Deaths"

"Rules to Live By" is an initiative to improve the prevention of fatalities in mining.

"Rules to Live By I": Fatality Prevention - focuses on 24 frequently cited standards (11 in coal mining and 13 in metal/nonmetal mining) that cause or contribute to fatal accidents in the mining industry in 9 accident categories.

"Rules to Live By II": Preventing Catastrophic Accidents" (RLB-II) - focuses on 9 standards which were cited during major disasters over the last 10 years, and which contributed to 5 or more fatalities.

"Rules to Live By III": Preventing Common Mining Deaths" - focuses on 14 safety standards - 8 in coal mining and 6 in metal and nonmetal mining - cited as a result of at least five mining accidents and resulting in at least five deaths during the 10-year period from January 1, 2001, to December 31, 2010.

RLB-III was developed from data gathered by reviewing accidents that resulted in five or more fatalities during the 10-year review period.

  • Priority Standards: Coal

  • Priority Standards: Metal/Nonmetal

  • From the Assistant Secretary S Desk

  • Press Release

  • 1/31/2012 Conference Call Audio Track (.wav)

  • Letter to Stakeholders

  • Accident Investigation Reports


  • Priority 14 Standard Report
  • Fatality Occurrence Report - All Fatalities
  • Fatality Summary Report - By State
  • Fatality Summary Report
  • Total Number of Violations Cited by Calendar Year

  • Resources


  • Inspector Online Training - This link will initiate an executable file launching this training program.

  • PDF Version of the Online Training
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