Skip to main content
U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government.

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 9/3/2020

Lock-Out, Tag-Out, Try-Out, and Block Against Motion Before Working.

Close Call / Serious Accident
Posted 8/30/2018

Surface – Limestone –  On July 9, 2018, a miner was injured when the belt conveyor he was standing on unexpectedly moved.  The miner was standing on the conveyor to repair the crus

Safety / Health Alerts
Posted 4/4/2018

Since January 26, 2017, there have been four miners fatally injured when performing work around conveyor belts in underground coal mines.

Close Call / Serious Accident
Posted 1/25/2018

Surface - Sand and Gravel – On December 15, 2017, a miner unbolted and lowered a point of contact guard exposing the moving conveyor rollers on one side of a stacking conveyor.

Safety / Health Alerts
Posted 11/16/2017
From September 1996 to November 2017, the mining industry experienced five fatal accidents when a section of the face or roof fell and struck miners positioned between the longwall face conveyor
Safety / Health Alerts
Posted 11/6/2017

In separate accidents in August and October of 2017, two coal miners received fatal injuries after falling onto moving conveyor belts.  In both cases, it appeared they were attempting to cross over

Slide Presentations
Posted 9/18/2017

This slide presentation, compiled in 2010, provides detailed information to help the metal and nonmetal mining industry meet MSHA’s requirements for guarding conveyor belts.  Photos of a variety of

Safety / Health Alerts
Posted 5/25/2017

Surface – Industrial Sand – On March 20, 2017, a miner was unloading sand from the bottom of the rail car when he slipped and was pulled up into the conveyor.

Close Call / Serious Accident
Posted 6/16/2016

Sand & Gravel Mine – A miner fell from a conveyor and received serious injuries.

Close Call / Serious Accident
Posted 4/7/2016

Surface Limestone – A miner was in the basket of a raised man lift working near a stacker conveyor belt when his right arm became entangled in the head pulley.