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International Day for Mine Awareness Aims to Educate

By Matt Wastradowski

International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action

Mines have long been home to some of the most dangerous jobs on Earth. The profession has been defined by cramped conditions, catastrophic collapses, and toxic chemicals for centuries, and mine safety continues to be of the utmost importance today.

Those dangers prompted the U.N. General Assembly in 2005 to declare April 4 of each year the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action.

Mining deaths are down, thanks to new technology and safer practices. But how can miners and employers work together to ensure those statistics continue to improve? Graphic Products offers solutions and ideas for remaining vigilant and promoting safety in and around mines.

New Regulation Aimed at Improving Safety

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) announced in 2015 a final regulation that requires coal-hauling machines in underground coal mines to be equipped with life-saving proximity detection systems. The rule ensures that shuttle cars, ram cars, and continuous haulage systems are equipped to protect miners from being crushed or pinned in confined underground spaces.

Top 10 MSHA Violations of 2015 Reveal Dangers

Steps have been taken in recent years to ensure safer working conditions for miners and those who work around mines. U.S. mining deaths decreased in 2015, signaling progress in those efforts, but safety violations continue to persist. We round up the 10 most common mining violations of 2015, as determined by MSHA.

Free Guide Showcases Importance of Continuous Improvement

Resourced-based companies are enjoying greater efficiency and organization than ever before, thanks to the Continuous Improvement system. The system’s is to engage workers and empower them to make suggestions that may lead to a safer, more efficient mine.

This complimentary Best Practice Guide to Continuous Improvement for the Mining Industry aims to enhance employee production, increase efficiency, and foster cooperation among mining employees.

Stay Safe in Dangerous Conditions

Graphic Products strives to ensure that employees around the world are as safe as possible. The company’s lineup of PPE—including respiratory protection signs, as well as protective equipment for the head, eyes, face, hands, and feet—defends against hazards common to mining operations. And, given the high number of electrical equipment-related violations in mines, Graphic Products’ Compliance and Assessment Services can help with electrical safety through training, audits, studies, and ongoing education.