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MSHA to hold 2nd annual ‘Stand Down to Save Lives’ to promote miner safety, health at nation’s mines on May 22

MSHA encourages entire mining community to make miner safety a priority 

WASHINGTON – The Department of Labor announced today that its Mine Safety and Health Administration will hold its second annual ‘Stand Down to Save Lives’ on May 22, as part of a national campaign to encourage the nation’s mining community to take steps to prevent fatalities and injuries.

MSHA encourages the mining community — miners, operators, and unions — to set aside time during the week of May 20-24 to stress the importance of safety and health in and around U.S. mines. Agency leaders and staff will visit mines across the nation on May 22 in MSHA’s continued educational and outreach efforts to reduce fatalities, serious injuries and illnesses in the industry.

“Stand Down to Save Lives is an opportunity for the entire mining community to prioritize and commit to ensuring the health and safety of all miners,” explained Assistant Secretary for Mine Safety and Health Chris Williamson. “We encourage everyone in the mining community to again join MSHA and to stand down on May 22. As we have learned throughout the years, we succeed when we work together, and miners are safer and healthier as a result.”

Initiatives like Stand Down to Save Lives are designed to reduce injuries and fatalities suffered by miners each year. During the 2024 event, MSHA strongly encourages the entire mining community to do the following:

  • Have open discussions about common hazards that exist in mining operations.
  • Conduct thorough and detailed examinations of workplaces and equipment.
  • Take part in safety training sessions designed to enhance awareness and preparedness.

Learn more about Stand Down to Save Lives 2024 and how to participate.


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Original article published by MSHA