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

Safety Milestone Achieved

Sometimes, the best news is no news: Usibelli Coal Mine celebrated 1,000 days without a lost time accident, an incredible achievement which highlights the company’s dedication to excellence in safety. The milestone can be attributed to the hard work and dedication of the workforce on site, as well as... Read More

Improving Mine Safety and Health

Demonstrating Safety in Mine Rescue Competitions

Safety is an area of continuous improvement and constant practice, and that’s why mine rescue competitions help teams prepare for the worst. This year, a team from The Doe Run Company was awarded first place overall in the 2023 Southwestern Regional Mine Rescue Contest in Ruidoso, New Mexico. Out of... Read More

NVMA Individual Safety Awards

In September, 47 miners will be recognized in the Nevada Mining Association’s (NVMA) 2023 Individual Safety Awards, which are based on performance in the previous calendar year. These awards celebrate the industry professionals whose outstanding efforts ensure mine workers return home safely after every... Read More

Miner Safety and Health App in Spanish

Mine safety works hand-in-hand with technology, including our phones. That’s why the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) launched the Miner Safety and Health app for both iOS and Android systems. First launched in August 2022, the app is now available in Spanish. The Miner Safety and Health... Read More