MSHA-Alliance.jpgSafe use and operation of mining equipment is the goal of a collaborative relationship between the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) and the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA).

AEM and MSHA recently signed an agreement renewing their alliance at MSHA’s offices near Washington, D.C.

“AEM recognizes the benefits of joint efforts to create a safer work environment,” AEM President Dennis Slater said during the signing ceremony. “Our two organizations working together contribute to improved safe use of mobile equipment by those employed in the nation’s mining and milling operations.”

Through the alliance, AEM and MSHA will work cooperatively to provide mine industry personnel with information, guidance and access to training materials to emphasize the safe use and operation of equipment.

Slater noted that past projects undertaken by AEM and MSHA include:

  • A program and training materials concerning use of seat restraints
  • Contributions to the MSHA “rules to live by”  program
  • Targeted Training Supplements focusing on safe use of a number of machine forms

A working team of AEM and MSHA representatives will develop plans and projects that build on the past success of the alliance.

The alliance work group will identify important equipment related safety issues.  It will then develop and implement a plan to train stake holders on the best practices to minimize risks in the maintenance and operation of the equipment involved.

For more information on the MSHA alliance, contact Michael Pankonin, AEM senior director, technical and safety services (, tel: 414-298-4128).

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AEM and MSHA recently signed an agreement renewing their alliance at MSHA’s offices near Washington, D.C. Signing the agreement were (seated L-R) Joseph A. Main, assistant secretary of labor for mine safety and health, and Dennis Slater, AEM president. Standing (L-R) are Neal Merrifield, administrator of MSHA’s metal and nonmetal mine safety and health division; Patricia Silvey, deputy assistant secretary-MSHA operations; Wesley Shumaker, acting deputy director of MSHA’s technical support division; Reginald Richards, acting director of MSHA’s technical support division; and Alex Russ, AEM director, international and regulatory affairs.

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