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AEM & MSHA Partner to Provide Guidance on Safe Use of Mining Equipment

Safe use and operation of mining equipment is the goal of a collaborative relationship between the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) and the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA).

September 22, 2015

(Seated L-R) Joseph A. Main, MSHA assistant secretary, and Dennis Slater, AEM president. (Standing L-R) are Neal Merrifield, MSHA administrator; Patricia Silvey, deputy assistant secretary-MSHA operations; Wesley Shumaker, acting deputy director of MSHA’s technical support division; Reginald Richards, acting director of MSHA’s technical support division; and Alex Russ, AEM director.

 

Safe use and operation of mining equipment is the goal of a collaborative relationship between the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) and the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA).

AEM and MSHA signed an agreement renewing their alliance at MSHA’s offices near Washington, D.C.

Through the alliance, AEM and MSHA will work together to provide mine industry personnel with information, guidance and access to training materials to emphasize the safe use and operation of equipment.

AEM President Dennis Slater noted that past projects undertaken by AEM and MSHA include:

  • A program and training materials concerning use of seat restraints;
  • Contributions to the MSHA “rules to live by” program; and
  • Targeted Training Supplements focusing on safe use of a number of machine forms.

The alliance work group will identify equipment related safety issues.  It will then develop and implement a plan to train stakeholders on the best practices to minimize risks in the maintenance and operation of the equipment involved.

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