Tips for Navigating a Mine Accident Investigation
- Published: Friday, 12 February 2016 16:04
By Linda Otaigbe
An accident has occurred at the mine. It may or may not have involved a fatality, but the next steps you take will help minimize your legal liability. First things first, contact first responders and emergency services immediately, especially if the accident involves a life-threatening situation. Under 30 CFR 50.10 (a)-(c), the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) must be notified within 15 minutes when any one of three types of mining “accidents” occur: the death of an individual at the mine; an injury of an individual at the mine that has a reasonable potential to cause death; or the entrapment of an individual at the mine that has a reasonable potential to cause death.