AEM and MSA Form Alliance For Training and Safety

Staff | September 28, 2010

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) and the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) have formed an alliance to develop and distribute "best practices" training materials and other information to help protect miner health and safety related to equipment operation and maintenance. The leading issue at the outset of the cooperative effort is accident and injury prevention through the proper use of equipment operator restraint systems, such as seat belts. Through the alliance, AEM and MSHA plan to address other equipment-related safety issues, time and resources permitting. These include slips and falls from equipment, equipment roll-overs and tip-overs, operator fatigue, equipment fires, cab penetrations, entanglements, collisions, and equipment misuse. The two organizations will work cooperatively to develop and disseminate various mining equipment safety training materials, such as DVDs, posters, stickers, and fliers to the mining community as well as distributing them through a variety of print and electronic media, including MSHA and AEM websites. AEM is the North American-based international trade association representing more than 700 manufacturers of construction, agricultural, mining, forestry, and utility equipment, products and services.