Posted by: Green Knight | August 7, 2010

More Mining Mishaps

34 trapped in a copper mine in northern Chile since Thursday night; rescue attempts

underway.  Mining is one of the most dangerous jobs there is, and while the ground is

unpredictable (the only true “accident” factor), most of these disasters occur due to

3 human failings.  Poor planning & design.  Lack of proper & adequate equipment.

Then, perhaps most important, as I always stress when teaching safety classes,

inefficient or faulty communications.  It’s also significant that this happened on the

night shift.  Sure, it’s always dark underground, but we are by nature diurnal creatures,

and function less efficiently when our circadian rhythms are off-kilter. Add to that the

likelihood that a worker may have had a big dinner, or a few drinks with the boys,

before engaging in hard physical labor, and the recipe is complete.

Let’s hope they make it out.

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