Recently, Don Blankenship, former CEO of Massey Energy, was sentenced to one year in prison, a sentence that many say was not long enough. Blankenship was investigated after an explosion at Massey’s Upper Big Branch mine killed 29 workers. Massey was found guilty of conspiracy to willfully violate mine health and safety standards.
If you own or work in a mine, there are safety tips to keep in mind. One slip can mean disaster.
1. Pay Attention to Danger
Always stay aware of your surroundings and know your equipment. Mining is dangerous. Every employee should remain vigilant every moment of the day. Watch out for yourself and your co-workers. If you notice any safety issues, bring them to the attention of your employer.
2. Plan and Communicate
No job should be undertaken without proper planning and communication. Never put people’s lives at risk by cutting corners. Jobs should be assessed for danger before they begin, and risks should be eliminated as much as possible.
Every member of the team should undergo safety training. Training should never be left to only new team members. Yearly refreshers are important for everyone. In addition to training, anyone involved in strenuous job tasks on a regular basis should undergo yearly physicals to make sure they are healthy enough to perform their jobs.
4. Safety Equipment
Safety equipment may not be fashionable. It may not even be comfortable. But it is important. All team members should wear the necessary safety equipment at all times. There have been a countless number of people who have been saved from injury or death because they were wearing the proper safety gear.
5. Latest Standards
Everyone knows that things change and that includes safety standards. Make sure that you are keeping up-to-date with the latest standards and following them. Know the mistakes that have been made by others and don’t repeat them.
If you have been hurt in a mining accident, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation in South Carolina. Call our office today for assistance or browse our website for more information about our firm. We are here to provide you with a free case evaluation and advise you of your options. Call now.