November 01, 2022
Arlington, VA — Fatalities resulting from a slip and fall account for 12% of total miner deaths this year to date – more than twice the percentage reported in 2021, a recent analysis by the Mine Safety and Health Administration shows.
Additionally, MSHA has reported 315 days lost to nonfatal injuries related to slips and falls this year. Between January 2021 and this past September, the agency issued 150 imminent danger orders related to fall hazards, citing the following as the most common violations:
- Truck drivers climbing on top of their vehicles
- Mechanics working on equipment
- Plant workers climbing on equipment
During an Oct. 20 conference call for agency stakeholders, Ben Gandy, an engineer in MSHA’s Office of Technical Support, discussed five elements to risk and hazard identification and mitigation