In a five-year period from 1906-1911, 13,228 miners were
killed in U.S. coal mines. As a result, the Bureau of Mines
was established by Congress on July 1, 1910, "to make diligent
investigation of the methods of mining, especially in relation
to the safety of miners and the appliances best adapted to
Over the years, Congress passed
other legislation designed to promote health and safety in the
mines, including the 1966 Federal Metal and
Nonmetallic Mine Safety Act (P.L. 89-577) and the
Federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act of 1969 (P.L.
91-173). The most recent regulatory legislation
combined the coal and metal and nonmetal industries under one
law--the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977.
It is through the training provisions of this legislation that
Safe*T*Link Group, Inc. functions.
Safe*T*Link Group, Inc. develops and conducts instructional
programs to assist in government, industry, construction, and
labor efforts to reduce accidents and health hazards in the
Progress has been made in recent years in the improvement of
the health and safety conditions in U.S. mines. However,
further improvements must be made before mining is removed
from the list of high-risk industries. These improvements can
only come about through the establishment of effective safety
& health programs and training, accident prevention, and
industrial hygiene programs.
Education is a vital
element in any accident prevention program, and Safe*T*Link
Group, Inc. will assist in providing this education. Our
objective is to develop, implement, and promote mine safety
and health through education programs in cooperation with
educational institutions, state government, labor, industry,
and construction. Our goal is safer mines and
healthier miners through education.