Workers in the mining industry are faced with safety and fall protection hazards daily both above and below ground.  From the extraction of materials to transporting them, it is important to address worker safety every step of the way.

According to the Mine Safety and Health Administration, slips and falls are a significant cause of accidents in the mining industry each year.  A proper fall protection plan must be put in place by employers to include personal fall protection and employee training.


Fall hazards in the mining industry include the following:

  • Not properly tying-off /improper use of fall protection equipment
  • Barriers, guardrails, floor penetration covers, signs, handrail, platforms
  • Plant equipment access
  • Unsecured/inadequate/obstructed travel ways or walkways
  • Miners engulfed by materials in bins/hoppers
  • Tanker truck accessibility
  • Haul truck accessibility checking loads/tarping
  • Ladder use
  • Falls into water i.e. dredges/impoundments
  • Falls from roofs including falls through skylights
  • Mobile equipment ingress/egress
  • Man lifts and boom trucks
  • Highwalls

MSHA strongly encourages mine operators and contractors to work closely with their employees to identify fall hazards, raise awareness and jointly develop comprehensive fall protection programs to eliminate fall hazards or provide appropriate protection against them.

For more information, please visit the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) page on Safety Targets Program.