Many occupations today put employees at higher risks of personal injury than other types of work. Jobs in the mining industry are a good example. Every day, miners experience work situations that, if not dealt with properly, could place them in more danger than the average worker will never endure. Reliable and safe equipment is, therefore, important for industries such as mining where worker health and welfare are always a top priority.
All miners who work underground depend on the high quality of their equipment to keep them from harm while on the job. Safe transportation equipment, such as well-designed steel mine cages, can be obtained through trusted equipment manufacturers like Wabi Iron & Steel Corp. Utilizing such reliable equipment is even more imperative in light of a recent Mining.com article that reports a increase in U.S. mining deaths in 2013.
The number of miners killed at work in the U.S. increased last year, despite a number of improvements the Mining Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) claims to have pushed across the country.
According to data gathered by MSHA, a total of 42 miners died in work-related accidents in 2013, an increase of six over the previous year. Of those fatalities, 20 were in coal mines and 22 in metal/non-metal operations compared with 20 and 16, respectively, in 2012.
“Mining deaths are preventable, and those that occurred in 2013 are no exception,” said assistant secretary of labour for mine safety and health, Joseph A. Main. “The increased number of metal/non-metal deaths makes clear we need to do more to protect our nation’s miners,” he added.
Mine employees rely on the integrity of the their equipment each and every day. Trusted manufacturers like Wabi Iron & Steel Corp. design and produce safe and sturdy products specifically for the mining industry, including high-quality mine personnel cages, skips, loading systems, dump systems, rail haulage equipment and more. When in need of these types of equipment, depend on suppliers that provide well-designed products manufactured to meet or exceed industry safety standards. Along with the implementation of best practices, it’s one of the most effective ways to ensure safety in your mining operation.
(Source: US mining fatalities up in 2013, Kentucky tops the list, Mining.com, Feb. 13, 2014)