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Mine Safety and Health Administration MSHA's Accident Prevention Program
Miner's Tip

Suggestion Box Ideas

Safety Something YOU can live with!
Mine Type: All Mines
Category: General Safety
Drawing of Award

Does your mine operation have a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly form that the employees are required to turn in? If so, you have a wonderful safety tool. All that is necessary to make use of this tool, whether it's a time card, maintenance report, production report, etc., is to put a block on the form for the employee to submit a safety idea or report a safety problem. This idea can be as simply as to identify a hazard to be avoided, a safer way to do a job, or a physical fix or remedy to make a machine more efficient or safer. The miners often see things from their worm's eye prospective that management may overlook. The safety officer can choose the best tip submitted each week or whatever and award the miner. An elaborate award is not totally necessary. Recognition that a word of caution may have saved a friend or co-worker from injury or worse is enough.

Reissued: 04/30/2002
Tag # AP2002-M013

MSHA extends a thank you and a tip of the hardhat to
Laddie Whitworth of Pocatello, Idaho,
a winner of a limited edition sticker and patch.

If you have a tip you would like to pass on, you can e-mail it to If your tip is selected, you will receive credit in this space.