Mine safety and health-onminesafety.com
How is mine safety driven by the media? My fellow miners have been commenting and asking where MSHA is while certain shows were being filmed. The one in Alaska raised a lot of questions that I quite frankly had no good answer for. Recently during a routine inspection an MSHA inspector was asked point blank how doing things in a not so safe a manor on national TV was acceptable. He also did not have a good answer. I think there are some hurt feelings in regard to these latest reality shows. More importantly it has resulted in lots of great safety discussions. I have heard lots of comments such as "They should SLAM before they do that" and "They obviously do not know the standards like we do". We should probably thank the producers for helping our cause by showing the human side and the occasional what not to do. I for a long time have had a problem with how things are done on some reality TV. Often there is obvious lack of PPE when tack welding, grinding and beating upon inanimate objects. These we play to our advantage as examples of how not to do things. Recently one of my fellow miners was at a friend’s house where they had a Jeep jacked up without being supported. He immediately stopped them and made them properly support the rig. They call him the "Safety Guy" now and he is as proud of that as we are of him. While thumbing through a venders catalog one miner found about seven violations in the pictures showcasing the products. That is hazard recognition at work. Thank you to reality TV for spawning a whole new avenue to raise safety awareness. Thank you to Cobalt CEO Mike Crowder and the Cobalt’s Westchester Miner’s for their work. SLAM!!! All day everyday!