On December 8, 2015, Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) Assistant Secretary Joseph Main and International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers (Iron Workers Union) President Eric Dean renewed an alliance between the two organizations. The alliance signing took place at a meeting of the Iron Workers Union’s IMPACT Safety and Health Roundtable membership in Washington, D.C. Also present for MSHA were Deputy Assistant Secretary Pat Silvey and Metal and Nonmetal Administrator Neal Merrifield.
The alliance will continue to foster safer and more healthful working conditions at the Nation’s metal and nonmetal mining operations by providing iron workers and miners across the country with information, guidance and access to training resources. As part of the alliance, MSHA and the Iron Workers Union will work together to:
- Provide information, education and training, and technical assistance to help prevent injuries and illnesses and protect worker safety and health;
- Collaborate on emergency response and rescue techniques at construction and demolition sites;
- Perform worker injury and illness case studies to identify hazardous safety and health conditions and practices;
- Develop training programs for those working on or near mine construction projects; and
- Develop and share best practices and effective approaches to improve safety and health on and near mine construction projects.
MSHA and the Iron Workers will continue to combine their efforts to achieve outreach and communications goals, including the development and dissemination of information on worker safety and health issues at mining industry conferences or meetings using print or electronic media, including links from both the MSHA and Iron Workers Union websites.
Finally, the two groups agree to raise awareness and demonstrate commitment to worker safety and health whenever MSHA or Iron Workers Union leaders address large groups.