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Preventing Structural Failures Alert

Preventing Structural Failures Alert Below is an important message from Kevin Stricklin, Acting Administrator for Metal and Nonmetal Mine Safety and Health, Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) about preventing structural Failures.  MSHA’s Metal and Nonmetal program area has published a Hazard Alert on structural issues, we encourages you to review it, download and print […]

“Pipe Safety” Hazard Alert

Below is an important message regarding large diameter plastic pipe hazards and best practices in safe pipe handling from Neal Merrifield, Administrator for Metal and Nonmetal Mine Safety and Health, Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA).  MSHA’s Metal and Nonmetal program area has just published a Hazard Alert on this subject.   Downloadable PDF: March 2016 Pipe […]

September Safety Share

“All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Safety” September 2014 Hazard Since their commercial introduction in the early 1980s, All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) have become increasingly popular for both work and play. These highly agile machines are capable of transporting people and loads in a variety of rugged environments that are inaccessible to conventional trucks and highway vehicles. With an […]

AEMA Endorses CORESafety Initiative

The AEMA Health & Safety Committee is pleased to announce that our Board of Trustees has endorsed the National Mining Associations CORESafety Initiative as the safety program AEMA will promote among its membership. The Safety Committee and the Board determined that it was in the best interest of all mining to communicate a clear and […]

Hecla Mining Honored for Safety Technology

The U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) this week honored three NWMA member Hecla Mining Company with the institute’s Mine Safety and Health Technology Innovations Award.

The Mine Safety and Health Technology Innovations Award, which debuted last year, recognizes mines and companies that have made an extraordinary effort to apply technology to improve mine worker safety and health. The award is designed to promote the identification, adoption and dissemination of safety and health technologies throughout the mining industry.

Hecla Mining Company’s Greens Creek Mine received the NIOSH award for its use of a collision avoidance system to improve mine access and haul road safety. Greens Creek Mine, working with SAFEMine Technology USA, adapted a GPS and radio technology approach that was first used in ground-based collision avoidance at airports. The resulting peer-to-peer communication system provides vehicle operators with improved situational awareness and voice-annunciated warnings when there is a potential for collisions. This reduces the risks of travel on mine access and haul roads during darkness, fog and other adverse weather conditions.

Dr. Jeffrey Kohler, associate director for mining and director of the Office of Mine Safety and Health Research at NIOSH, said: “The NIOSH Technology Innovation Awards recognize the significant advancements that the mining industry is making — above and beyond minimum regulatory requirements. Hecla and SAFEmine Technology’s success in deploying a collision avoidance system is a great example of adapting a technology used in aviation and applying it to improve mining safety.”

Health and Safety


Northwest Mining Association recognizes that each member company addresses the health and safety of its employees in different ways, and each member company is committed to an injury free workplace so that everyone can go home safe and healthy after each day’s work. The NWMA’s Health & Safety Committee has requested company members to share their health and safety standards on the NWMA’s website for everyone interested in improving their health and safety culture.

The members of the NWMA Health and Safety Committee feel that posting company health and safety standards on the NWMA website will allow for the sharing of best practices, leading to minimizing health and safety incidents in the mining industry.

Best practices are ways to better achieve health and safety results by eliminating hazards or controlling risks. They offer examples of procedures for others who are trying to control similar risks and achieve better results.

If you are a company interested in having your health and safety standards posted on the NWMA website to share your company’s best practices please contact Deanna Stroh: