CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The federal government says it's
developing new training materials aimed at reducing the most common
causes of fatal accidents at nearly 15,000 U.S. mines.
The Mine Safety and Health Administration says the new training
announced Thursday will focus on preventing fatal cave-ins, falls
and failing to lock equipment and tag it to warn co-workers before
working on it. MSHA says 75 percent of mining deaths since 2000 can
be blamed on those and similarly common causes that get less
attention than high-profile accidents such as explosions and fires.
The agency says it's developing training on 20 separate topics
for coal and other types of mines and quarries. The materials will
be sent to the industry and posted on the agency's Web site.
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