MSHA Yet to Update Mining Safety Standards Despite Ongoing Pandemic

May 25, 2021 14:50:04

Willa Perlmutter, co-chair of the Stoel Rives mining group, has worked on numerous mine accidents that have involved multiple or single fatalities over the years. For instance, she was a part of the team that looked into the 2007 Crandall Canyon coal mine disaster, which claimed the lives of three rescue workers and six miners in Utah.

Perlmutter states that in most fatality or accident investigations, human error plays a big role. This, she says, may be in the form of someone coming up with a bad idea or cutting corners, adding that sometimes, however, mining conditions worsen…


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