Improving Mine Safety and Health

The safety and health of our workers and colleagues is a core value of the mining industry.

CORESafety®: Committed to Excellence in Mining Safety is an initiative developed and led by the members of the National Mining Association to achieve an aggressive safety goal of eliminating fatalities and reducing mining’s injury rate by 50 percent over the next five years through implementation of safety and health management systems.

Today’s mining companies recognize that continuous performance improvement necessary to achieve the goals of zero fatalities and injuries means going beyond what’s required by regulations.

To accelerate the pace of mine safety improvement, we have taken voluntary steps to implement best practices that encourage a “culture of safety.” Risk assessment processes identify safety controls to eliminate or minimize the impacts of hazards. By identifying and eliminating potential hazards, and deploying state-of-the-art technology, American mining has developed an award-winning safety framework that is bringing more miners home safely after every shift. The CORESafety® system has been endorsed by the Society of Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration and received the 2015 five-star distinction award from the International Safety, Quality and Environment Management Association.

Over the past 15 years, our commitment to safety has led to a 56 percent cut in the rate of injuries in U.S. mines and a 63 percent reduction in the fatal injury rate. More can and will be done.

Member Feature Story

New Technology for Safer Shifts

When it comes to safety, technological innovations can help improve miner safety. Some seek to address more specific problems, while others focus upon broader widespread challenges. In the first category, 2021 saw the introduction of an integrated array of technologies to improve proximity detection... Read More

Improving Mine Safety and Health

Innovations to Keep Miners Safe

There’s nothing as important as celebrating innovations in safety. The wellbeing of each and every miner is paramount, and advancements to make mining safer deserve recognition. Redpath, in a collaboration with SafeSight Exploration Inc., was recognized in April 2021 with the Ontario Mine Contractors... Read More

Real-time Dust Monitoring for Safer Mines

One of the most significant challenges in mining is miners’ dust exposure, which is why personal and environmental monitoring of dust is used in mines. However, the regulatory-approved monitoring process from the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) can often take weeks to obtain results. This... Read More

Liebherr, Safer Cranes in Windy Conditions

This spring, Liebherr was awarded the ESTA Award of Excellence 2021 for its development of special WindSpeed Load Charts, which offer increased safety and more operating time when operating the crane in windy conditions. Now a large number of new mobile and crawler cranes are more stable for use in stormy... Read More