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  1. Brian Goepfert District Staff Assistant Metal/Non-metal Rocky Mountain District Denver, CO www.msha.gov

  2. Metal and Nonmetal Fatalities 22 Fatalities in 2008 (RECORD)

  3. .0300 REDUCED 61% .0275 .0248 .0250 .0225 .0201 .0200 .0176 .0167 .0175 .0146 .0144 Fatality Rate .0137 .0150 .0134 .0125 .0096 .0100 .0075 .0050 .0025 .0000 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008* Fiscal Year Fatality RatesMetal/Non-Metal 2000-2008** Preliminary

  4. All Injury RatesMetal/Non-Metal2000-2008**Preliminary REDUCED 35%

  5. Non-Fatal Days Lost Rate Metal/Non Metal MinesFY 2000 – FY 2008**Preliminary REDUCED 32%

  6. Root Causes • No Risk Assessment Conducted • Inadequate Policies, Procedures, Controls • Did not use Personal Protective Equipment • Lack of Pre-operation Checks • Equipment not Maintained • Failure to Conduct Examinations • Training Inadequate

  7. Human Element Victims - • Did not assess risk • Did not attach fall protection • Did not wear life jacket • Did not wear seat belt • Did not barricade below • Worked near open hole • Did not cover opening • Circumvented guard

  8. 2008 Rocky Mountain • The Rocky Mountain Metal/Non-metal district lost five miners in 2008. • ALL WERE EASILY PREVENTABLE • One involved fall of person • One involved fall of materials • Two involved electricity

  9. Fatal #4 Kansas • January 23, 2008 • Dredge Operation • 64 year-old Dredge operator (Owner) • 24 years experience • Victim was working alone, fell into the water and drown. • He was not wearing a life jacket

  10. Fatal #33 (2007) Arizona • Accident occurred on September 14, 2007 • Victim died on July 7, 2008 • 46 year-old assistant electrical supervisor • 20 years experience • Victim was checking a 4160 VAC switch gear, contacted an energized component, and received an electrical shock • The circuit was not locked/tagged out • Proper PPE including arc flash protection was not worn

  11. Fatal #13 Arizona • August 15, 2008 (Friday) • Electrical • Copper Operation - Surface • 41 year-old Apprentice Electrician • 14 years experience • The victim was working on a 480-volt floodlight when he contacted energized electrical wiring supplying power to the light

  12. Fatal #15 Arizona • September 1, 2008 (Monday) • Slip & Fall • Copper Operation • 67 year-old Contractor Consultant • 46 years experience • Victim had been instructing persons making a belt splice when he fell 28 feet through a 4’x6’ opening

  13. Fatal #21 Utah • October 29, 2008 (Wednesday) • Fall of Material • Surface Copper Operation • 81 year-old truck driver with 55 years experience • The victim was unfastening a load of pipe when one 50 section rolled off the trailer and struck him.

  14. Keys to continued success • Identify and mitigate risk • Dig deep • Sometimes risks are not obvious • Study ALL activities

  15. Success continued • Develop and implement effective program • FOLLOW THROUGH WITH PROGRAM • Pro-active • Reward positive behavior • Take corrective action when needed (this is where most programs fail)

  16. Fall Protection Best Practices • Stop, Look, Analyze, and Manage, SLAM each task to identify all potential hazards. Initiate action to protect yourself when performing every task. • Train all miners to recognize hazards from falling and ensure that safety harnesses are located throughout the plant. • Always wear appropriate fall protective equipment where hazards from falling exist.

  17. Electrical Safety Best Practices • De-energize power from the circuit and lock out/tag the switch. • Verify that the circuit is de-energized by testing the circuit for voltage using properly rated test equipment. • Closely supervise and monitor persons with limited electrical experience. • Establish and follow safe work procedures when working with less experienced miners.

  18. Housekeeping Best Practices • Find the root cause and correct (equipment, process, human factors) • Spillage should be cleaned up ASAP • Applies to ALL areas of workplace including, mobile equipment and lunchrooms • Provide and empty trash receptacles, as needed. • Instill pride in the workplace.

  19. THANK-YOU • Be sure to visit: WWW.MSHA.GOV