Mine sites are by nature dangerous — but that is not an excuse for injuries and fatalities. Unless there’s an earthquake, heavy flooding, or any natural phenomenon that’s equally disastrous, mine sites should be safe enough to ensure minimal cases of accidents. This is not the case, however.
Slips, trips and falls (STF) are one of the top culprits for injuries and fatalities that occur in mines. The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) cites that slips and falls caused 25% of injuries in 2011, which means 400 people were injured. With all the training programs and mine safety signs required of mine operators, shouldn’t this number be lower by now after several years of strict regulations? What are we missing? (more…)