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Mine Safety and Health Materials

MSHA offers a variety of materials to assist trainers and mine operators in promoting a safe and healthy environment at U.S. mines. Use the search column or scroll through the most recent listings below to find materials for safety talks and trainings at your mine.

Safety / Health Alerts
Posted 6/26/2020

Recent Increase in Fall of Person Accidents

28 miners have died after falling from heights over the last 10 years.

Safety / Health Alerts
Posted 4/16/2020

On March 5, 2020, an operator was using a Caterpillar D8T bulldozer on a coal surge pile near a load-out feeder location when the surge pile collapsed, engulfing the bulldozer and trapping the oper

Safety / Health Alerts
Posted 3/23/2020

Use qualified welders. Inspect welds and metal components. Train users.

Safety / Health Alerts
Posted 10/2/2019

Don't rush. Lockout/Tagout. Control hazards.

Electricity has killed three people in the mining industry since August 7, 2019.

Safety / Health Alerts
Posted 9/18/2019

On May 14, 2019, an underground equipment fire occurred on a diesel-powered water car. No miners were injured in the incident.

Close Call / Serious Accident
Posted 9/5/2019

Surface – Cement Kiln – Liquid/Gas Inundation - On June 3, 2019, a railcar exploded when incompatible materials stored inside the car reacted and approximately 20,000 gallons of li

Safety / Health Manuals
Posted 8/22/2019
What is a “hot” work site?
The following factors help define a “hot” work site:
  • high air temperatures
  • high surface temperatures
Safety / Health Alerts
Posted 7/29/2019

In the ten months since early September 2018, MSHA has documented nine equipment fires involving Hitachi excavators and shovels and Caterpillar haul trucks, front end loaders and dozers.

Safety / Health Alerts
Posted 7/26/2019

3M Fall Protection announces an immediate stop use and product recall of the 3M™ DBI-SALA® Nano-Lok™ edge and Wrap Back Twin-Leg Self Retracting Lifelines.

Close Call / Serious Accident
Posted 6/25/2019

Surface – Crushed Marble – On June 17, 2019, a front-end loader backed over a highwall, and the fall projected material from the loader bucket through the windshield.  The operator