August 4, 2010 | Mark Paradies

Canary in a Coal Mine – Manager’s in China’s Coal Mines Haven’t Stopped Accidents

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Associated Press reports that China’s mines have not suddenly become “safe” after China’s Premier ordered mining managers to go down in the mines with the miners.

The article says:

State media have noted with surprising sharpness that none of the dead seemed to have been mine managers or bosses.”

“‘Who knew that every boss who goes into the shaft is a god: Flooding, explosions, whatever it is, they can always fly free,’ the official Xinhua News Agency said in a pointed commentary Tuesday.”

The other way the government has chosen to improve safety is to arrest management at mines with accidents.

Since neither of these tactics have improved safety … maybe it is time that someone try advanced root cause analysis? Perhaps Chinese mines could learn from this TapRooT® Success Story:

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