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MSHA's Safety Targets Program


MSHA's Safety Targets Program will focus on addressing and eliminating the most common causes of repeat fatal accidents that occurred from 2000 to 2008. Ten modules are in development for coal and metal/nonmetal mines. These 20 topics account for 75 percent of the causes of fatalities that occurred in the targeted nine-year time period. The materials will reach the mining industry through outreach efforts, targeted mass mailings and here on this page.

Leading Fatality Categories in Coal Mines
  • roof / rib falls
  • operating equipment (surface)
  • hit by equipment (underground)
  • fall from elevations
  • maintenance
  • lock and tag
  • operating equipment (underground)
  • block against motion
  • unsafe act
  • hit by equipment (surface)
  • Leading Categories in Metal/Nonmetal Mines
  • fall from elevations
  • operating equipment (surface)
  • maintenance
  • lock and tag
  • block against motion
  • hit by equipment (surface)
  • pre-op
  • roof / rib falls
  • communication
  • unsafe act





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