April 6, 2010 | Barb Carr

Know the Law When Dealing with MSHA After a Serious Accident

Mining companies, along with most other companies, work diligently and continually to identify weaknesses or problems in their safety and management practices to prevent unwanted events from happening. Through their efforts to identify root cause, companies can develop best practices which will prevent reoccurrence of the event and reduce the probability of a serious incident/accident from occurring. However, even with these efforts, a serious incident/accident can still happen. When a serious event occurs that may involve an outside agency, companies need to be aware of what to expect and have an effective plan in place during the investigation. Companies need to know what their rights are, as well as their managers, and their employees.

We’ve planned a best practice session to address this at the 2010 TapRooT® Summit, “Know the Law When Dealing with MSHA After a Serious Accident.”

This presentation will review the requirements of the Federal Mine Safety Act and outline some recommendations and guidelines on how to deal with other agencies, specifically the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). The discussion will include the requirements in the Federal Act as it relates to incident reporting, preservation of evidence, employees rights, interviewing process and other information relating to the investigation conducted by MSHA. With this information, companies can effectively work with the outside agency and successfully identify causal factors that contributed to the event.

2835scottpicKen Scott will be leading this session.  Ken worked for the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) as an Instructor at the National Mine Health & Safety Academy. He developed MSHA’s Accident Investigation Training Program, and investigated many mining accidents including mine explosions. Ken is a Certified Mine Safety Professional and a TapRooT® instructor. He has a BS in Agriculture, and a MS in Safety (Mining).

This best practice session is just one of the many special topics you can choose from when you customize your Summit track.  If you like customizing your conference so that each session is relevant in answering your most pressing questions, the Summit was designed for you!  Visit the Summit schedule page to view more options!

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