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NSSGA Podcast

Dec 7, 2023

In another compelling episode of Safety Shorts, host Libby Pritchard introduces a special guest, Jennifer Miles, a seasoned safety professional with 16 years of expertise currently affiliated with Sales Solutions. Jennifer's passion for safety and her dedication to saving lives serve as a true source of inspiration. In this episode, the focus delves deeply into the critical topic of fall protection when working at heights, a subject that has witnessed a concerning increase in fatalities within the industry this year. Join Libby and Jennifer in this enlightening episode to help make a positive change in the mining industry and ensure that every miner returns home safely. 

Episode Highlights:

  • The alarming statistics behind fall-related fatalities in the US

  • The importance of having a comprehensive fall protection plan

  • Best practices for reducing fall hazards in mining operations

  • The significance of proper training and equipment usage

  • The role of secure anchor points in fall prevention

  • The benefits of mobile platforms and scaffolding

  • The critical need for annual fall protection training

Toolbox Talk Discussion Questions:


  • In this episode, Jennifer Miles talks about how slips, trips and falls are the leading cause of injuries and fatalities. What is one thing that we can do on a day-to-day basis to protect ourselves and our coworkers? 
  • Why do you think that many people believe that fall fatalities only happen at extreme heights?
  • Does anyone have a story about a time where they were working at heights?


"Most people think that a fatality from a fall has to be from an extreme height to cause a death. That's not the case."

"The mining industry is one of the most dangerous occupations in the world."

"By providing them with the proper protection and training regarding slips, trips, and falls, we can help save these lives."

"This can be a very dangerous industry. But we do have the controls to prevent these types of accidents and injuries."

"Working at heights is something that we face often in this industry, and there's actions that we can take."

"It is so important to reflect on those, to remember them, to take what we can from those."


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