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Toolbox training for sand and gravel miners.

Boldt-CMK; Varley-FD
ICOH 2002 Oct; :79-80
In general, thousands of small companies do not have the number of employees nor resources to warrant an on-site safety professional to identify and apply risk and prevention information relevant to their operations. In particular, these small companies seldom possess the facilities or resources to provide their workers on-going training programs to address workplace safety and health. Sand and gravel mines fit into this small company profile. Sand and gravel mines average less than six employees per mine site with locations scattered over large distances. In addition, sand and gravel mining has suffered 37% of the U.S. mining fatalities over the last five years. Tailgate training is one approach being investigated to improve safety and health of workers in small work groups. Tailgate training, short (usually 10- to 15-minute), weekly sessions conducted on-site prior to work shifts and involving work crews, is a popular mode of worker occupational safety and health training employed by many field-based companies. A National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) research project prepared a series of tailgate talks for sand and gravel miners using expert input to develop a format for the training material. The input came from focus groups representing safety trainers and managers, state and federal mine inspectors, and sand and gravel miners.
Miners; Mining-industry; Workplace-monitoring; Safety-practices; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Training; Work-environment
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Best Practices in Occupational Safety and Health, Education, Training, and Communication: Ideas That Sizzle, 6th International Conference, Scientific Committee on Education and Training in Occupational Health, ICOH, In Cooperation with The International Communication Network, ICOH, Baltimore, Maryland, USA, October 28-30, 2002