DuraLabel's Weekly Safety News

Blog Author Angelique Sanders

Weekly safety news. Stay in touch with regulations from OSHA, NFPA, and other safety codes. Find out about other companies' best and worst practices. We scour the internet to provide you with helpful training resources and the latest safety information.

Monday, April 29, 2013

World Safety News - Women In Underground Mining

The following are summaries of safety news stories, with links to the stories, from locations outside the U.S. If you have news, or know of an important news story, please send it to duralabelpro@gmail.com.

Australian Miner Fined Nearly $11,000 For Smoking On The Job

Coal mines may contain combustible gases and coal dust. This means smoking is prohibited.  An article in Australian Mining magazine reports that Travis Brown (24) "who was a contractor Peabody Energy at the time was sacked after co-workers smelt smoke and he was found with cigarettes and a lighter."

Read the story in Australian Mining.

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Women In Underground Mining - South Africa Looks At Unique Safety Concerns

An article in BizCommunity looks at safety and women in underground mining. Ten percent of underground miners in South Africa are women, and that has raised some safety concerns.  The opening paragraph of the article states:

"In a move that promised greater gender equality, women were allowed in the 1990s to enter the traditionally all-male world of underground work in South African mines. But it is time the industry and authorities reflect and take stock of the consequences of this decision thereby informing the way forward.  According to Dr Moreshnee Govender, programme manager in Occupational Health and Safety at Wits University's Centre for Sustainability in Mining and Industry (CSMI), women face some particular dangers when working underground, many of which are not openly discussed with a view to a sustainable solution."

Read the article here.

Related Past Posts:
Safety News From Around The World - April 13th
Safety News From Around The World - March 30th
Safety News From Around The World - March 25th

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