Mining Project: Assessing the Safety Culture of Coal Mining
To work with an outside consultant, Human Performance Analysis Corp., to assess the safety culture at U.S. coal mines.
Coal mining production continues to escalate every year to match the growing demand for electricity. Coal mining, however, is a very hazardous occupation as coal miners are more likely to sustain an injury or illness than workers in private industry (as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2007). Thus, it is important to find new ways to protect workers as they mine coal to keep up with the energy demands.
One way to improve the safety and health at coal mines is to assess the safety culture at a mine. This four-year project involved working with an outside consultant, Human Performance Analysis Corp. to assess the safety culture at U.S. coal mines. The outside consultant trained NIOSH employees on best practices involved in conducting a safety culture assessment. Safety culture assessments were conducted at five underground coal mining companies using both quantitative and qualitative measures that had been previously validated.
This project produced recommendations to improve the health and safety of underground coal mines. These recommendations can be used by not only the five mines studied, but may also lead to future safety practices or regulations for the industry as a whole.
- Best Practices for Controlling Respirable Dust in Coal Mines
- Passive Fiber Optic System for Locating, Tracking, and Communicating with Personnel in Coal Mines
- Performance and Safety Investigation of Emergency Backup Batteries and Battery Charging Systems for Underground Mining Applications
- Refuge Alternatives in Underground Coal Mines
- Remote Methane Sensors
- Safe and Economical Inerting of Sealed Mine Areas
- Safety Culture Assessment in Underground Coal Mining
- Technical Solutions for Enhancements to Mine Safety Using Barricade II Fire Blocking Gel
- Ultra-Low Frequency Through-the-Earth Communication Technology
- Wireless Mesh Mine Communication System
- Page last reviewed: 8/12/2015
- Page last updated: 8/12/2015
- Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Mining Program