Mining Publication: Analysis of Fall-Related Imminent Danger Orders in the Metal/Nonmetal Mining Sector

Original creation date: April 2020

Authors: J Hrica, B Eiter, J Pollard, L Kocher, M Nasarwanji

Peer Reviewed Journal Article - April 2020

NIOSHTIC2 Number: 20058494

Min Metall Explor 2020 Apr; 37(2):619-630

Within the metal/nonmetal mining sector, fall-related incidents account for a large proportion of fatal and non-fatal injuries. However, the events and contributing factors leading up to these incidents have not been fully investigated. To help provide a clearer picture of these factors, an analysis of imminent danger orders issued by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) between 2010 and 2017 at both surface and underground metal/nonmetal mine sites revealed that most orders are associated with fall risks. Of these cases, 84% involved the workers not using fall protection, fall protection not being provided, or the improper use of fall protection. Fall risks for workers most frequently occurred when standing on mobile equipment, performing maintenance and repairs on plant equipment, or working near highwalls. In most cases, a single, basic, corrective action (e.g., using fall protection) would have allowed workers to perform the task safely. Overall, these findings suggest that a systematic approach is needed to identify, eliminate, and prevent imminent danger situations. Furthermore, to protect mineworkers from falls from height, frequently performed tasks requiring fall protection should be redesigned to eliminate the reliance on personal fall protection.

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Peer Reviewed Journal Article - April 2020

NIOSHTIC2 Number: 20058494

Min Metall Explor 2020 Apr; 37(2):619-630


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