MSHA 46 Training: Miners’ Rights


This lesson provides an overview of these hazards, the relevant OSHA regulations, and how we can use guards to keep ourselves safe out at the mine.



MSHA 46 Training: Miners’ Rights
Duration: 35 minutes of content, approximately 55 minutes to complete.
Audience: Surface Mining Industry
Overview: Moving equipment and materials at the mine site pose unique hazards for miners.This course will demonstrate relevant regulations that are put in place to keep everyone on the mine site safe.

If you?ve been in the mining industry a while, you might remember the bad old days, when safety meant a sign in the break room and production always came first. Miners work in a dangerous industry, and by 1977 the mine industry was losing 272 miners a year to on-the-job accidents, with injuries counting in the hundreds of thousands. So why do you think it is that in recent years, fatalities across the entire mining industry have dropped to as low as 35 a year? Well, it?s not because we?ve gotten any less productive. America is mining more materials and resources than ever. The truth is, 1977 just so happens to be the year that Congress finally got fed up with all the injuries, sickness, and deaths plaguing the mining industry and decided to actually do something about it. The 1977 Mine Act made a huge impact, with lasting health and safety benefits for miners. Congress realized that many of the miners being hurt and killed on the job were just following orders, even when they knew it was putting them in harm?s way. The Mine act established rights and responsibilities for operators and employees, protecting you from these pressures so we can all enjoy a safe and healthy workplace. As a miner, you have the right to know about these standards, and how you can use them to improve safety at your mine site every day.

As a miner, your understanding of this topic can have a huge impact on your safety and professional development. This Course covers 4 topics designed to give you and your team the knowledge required to make your mine site a safe and healthy work environment:

  • How the Mine Act protects you
  • Defending health and safety together
  • Eliminating workplace hazards
  • Protection from discrimination

At a typical mine site, you?ll run into a wide range of individuals working in many different roles. The workers pulling materials from the ground are supported by truck drivers, mechanics, construction and demolition personnel, electricians, and other specialists. Anyone who is regularly exposed to mine hazards, whether it?s a general laborer, supervisor, manager, or independent contractor is considered to be a ?miner? subject to certain rights and responsibilities under the Mine Act.

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