July 7, 2008 | Mark Paradies

TapRooT® Summit Presentation: MSHA Best Practices and Best Practices Sharing Session

From Ken Scott, The Session Chair:

The session for Mining Best Practices was attended by about 25 people with the largest group from Barrick.

Attached is a PPT from Mike Hancher, MSHA.

Mike is with M/NM HQ working as the Acting Accident Investigation Manager.  He presented an overview of some of their Best Practices identified during their accident investigations.  He gave me permission to distribute his presentation. 

MSHA_Talk_TapRooT_Summit.ppt (Click for PowerPoint Presentation)

After his talk, we only had about 20 minutes to give participants a chance to discuss their best practices and get feedback.  Here are some of the “Best Practices” we captured:

Barrick:  “Courageous Leadership.”  This practice evolved empowering workers to stop work when they see risks or hazards that are in question.  Their goal is to allow every worker to feel they have the right and responsibility to stop co-workers when they see unsafe practices taking place.

Barrick:  Scaffolding Policy.  As a result of an incident involving a make-shift scaffold, they established a policy for temporary scaffolds.  The policy directs that all scaffolding, including temporary scaffolds, be approved by engineering, have an independent inspection, complete a scaffolding permit, and be constructed by competent scaffolders.

Rio Tinto:  Corrective Action Review. A “Best Practice” of reviewing all corrective actions that have been developed by TapRooT during the past 12 months and evaluate their implementation and success.

Barrick:  Hazard Recognition. A “Best Practice” of training employees on hazard recognition.  They felt that employees could not do risk assessment unless they could recognize the hazard and could evaluate the risk.

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