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MSHA says 10 killed in US mines in Q1, 2012

27 April 2012

The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration says 10 miners died in work-related accidents at the nation's mines during the first quarter of 2012. MSHA chief Joe Main said on April 25 that three of those killed on five consecutive weekends were mine supervisors, six of the deaths were in coal mines and the others in metal and nonmetal mines.

MSHA chief Joe Main
MSHA chief Joe Main

Main said all the fatalities were preventable with effective pre-shift and on-shift inspections that identify and correct hazards. He said better training would help miners recognise those hazards and know how to fix them.

Last month, MSHA sent an accident-prevention alert to the mining industry after four consecutive weekends of mine fatalities.





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