October 16, 2009 | Barb Carr

Root Cause: “Illegal Mines” or Unsafe Mines?… 26 People Killed in China’s Human Province

“The accident occurred Thursday when a brake failure caused two elevators carrying 31 miners in a tin-ore mine in Lengshuijiang City to plunge, rescuers told the newspaper.”

The rest of the article focused on the large number of illegal mines still in production and the governments attempt to close the illegal ones.

“Last year 3,215 people died in China’s coal mines, down about 15 percent from the 2007 toll, the State Administration of Work Safety reported. China closed 1,054 illegal coal mines in 2008, but government figures show almost 80 percent of the country’s 16,000 mines are illegal.”

So… if over 12,000 of your mines are illegal and you only closed 8 percent of those last year what should you be doing?

How about truly identifying the hazards (uncontrolled energies), safeguards in place or missing, and targets that need help? If you can’t close the illegal mines, list that as a problem and improve has many mines as possible. Remember, just because you can not fix the root cause and problem does not mean you don’t list it. You just fix what you can.

Many of our TapRooT® clients are in the mining industry and continue to operate safe mines while being proactive to ensure hazards are controlled.

Read more here: http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/10/08/china.miners/index.html
Here are additional articles about what we have gone through in the United States.

http://www.taproot.com/content/2008/09/12/a-brief-snapshot-in-mining-history-safety-culture/

http://www.taproot.com/content/2008/09/09/west-pittston-shaft-explosion-august-24-1936-what-has-changed-what-can-china-learn-from-the-world/

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