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MSHA News Release No. 95-001
Mine Safety and Health Administration
Contact: (703) 235-1452

January 3, 1995


The Labor Department's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) will conduct several one-day safety seminars in mining communities around the nation in January and February to combat haulage accidents at U.S. mining operations. Accidents involving haulage trucks and other mobile surface equipment constitute a major safety problem for the nation's mining industry.

"We strongly urge all mine operators and independent contractors to take part in these truck safety seminars," said J. Davitt McAteer, assistant secretary of labor for mine safety and health. "These seminars will be valuable in alerting truck drivers and other operators of mobile equipment to the often- ignored dangers they face in their jobs and precautions they should take to work safely."

MSHA data show that haulage accidents accounted for nearly one-fifth of all mining fatalities in a recent five-year period. Late last month MSHA issued a special hazard alert bulletin urging all mine operators to review precautions to prevent accidents involving mobile equipment used on the surface.

The seminars, conducted in cooperation with several state mining agencies, will target mining industry personnel who operate trucks or any other type of mobile surface equipment. Participants will be briefed on topics such as braking systems, proper pre-shift examinations of mobile equipment, and MSHA inspections of mobile equipment. Hazards involving haulageways, berms, visibility, and communications will also be among the topics of discussion.

MSHA district offices will provide mine operators with details of the upcoming seminars in their areas.

Details for remaining coal industry seminars to be held during January or February in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Indiana, Colorado, western Kentucky and other states will be announced when they are complete.