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EOM-record breaking safety year

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RESIDUAL HEAT TO STICK THERE >> Anthony: THANKS DAVE

>> Kristen: NEARLY 4,000 PEOPLE EMPLOYED, NEARLY 41 MILLION TOTAL TONS OF TACONITE SHIPPED IMPRESSIVE NUMBERS, RIGHT? THEY ARE BUT EXPERTS SAY THE MOST NOTABLE NUMBERS TO COME OUT OF THE MINE INSPECTORS REPORT INVOLVES SAFETY WE TOOK A CLOSER LOOK ON THIS WEEK'S EYE ON MINING >> Reporter: EVERY 90 DAYS, DEREK WALKS THROUGH THE LOCAL MINING FACILITIES >> YOU CAN SEE THE SPACES

>> Reporter: AS THE MINE INSPECTOR FOR ST LOUIS COUNTY >> WE WALK THROUGH THESE FACILITIES AND CAN IDENTIFY ANY POTENTIAL HAZARDS AND WE PROVIDE RECOMMENDATIONS ON HOW TO ADDRESS THE HAZARDS >> Reporter: AND THEN THEY'RE DOCUMENTED IN AN ANNUAL REPORT IT'S A SNAPSHOT OF THE INDUSTRY AND HAS BEEN RELEASED SINCE 1905

WE WANTED TO TAKE A LOOK BACK NEARLY 100 YEARS AGO IN 1920 THERE WERE 26 FATAL ACCIDENTS FAST FORWARD TO 2018 AND THE MOST RECENT REPORT SHOWS 0 FATALITIES, MAKING IT THE SAFEST YEAR EVER FOR EMPLOYEES IN TERMS OF INJURIES TO WORKERS >> IT'S A BIG DEAL FROM WHERE WE COME FROM, TO WHERE WE ARE TODAY WE LOVE TO SEE THOSE SAFETY NUMBERS CONTINUE TO GET BETTER AND THAT'S WHAT WE DID SEE WITH THE REPORT THIS YEAR

>> Reporter: BUT THE MINE INSPECTORS CAN'T DO IT ALONE >> IT'S REALLY A TEAM EFFORT EVERYWHERE HAS TO WORK COLLABORATIVELY IT'S NOT JUST OUR GOVERNMENT AGENCIES THAT COME IN AND YOU KNOW, TELL YOU WHAT TO DO >> Reporter: THAT INCLUDE IT IS LOCAL UNIONS

>> THE UNION IS USED THROUGH HAZARD INVESTIGATIONS, IF THERE IS AN INCIDENT, ACCIDENT, OR A NEAR MISS, WE SIT DOWN WITH THE COMPANY, GO OVER CORRECTIVE ACTIONS AND TOGETHER WE COME UP WITH A SOLUTION THAT HOPEFULLY PREVENTS THIS FROM HAPPENING AGAIN >> Reporter: BILL IS THE SAFETY CHAIR FOR LOCAL 2705 REPRESENTING HIBBING TACONITE EMPLOYEES HE SAYS SAFETY IS A TOP PRIORITY >> WE DON'T WANT TO SEE ANYBODY GET INJURED IT'S IMPORTANT THAT THE COMMUNITY RECOGNIZES THAT WE'RE NOT OUT THERE HURTING PEOPLE AND TRYING TO DO ANYTHING WE CAN TO GET THE JOB DONE

>> Reporter: WHILE THERE HASN'T BEEN A FATAL ACCIDENT IN THE LOCAL MINE SINCE 2007, THERE WERE 14 LOST TIME OR SERIOUS INJURIES IN 2018 THAT'S THE NUMBER THEY ARE STRIVING TO BRING DOWN >> THE NUMBER ONE ONGOING CONCERN IS GOING TO BE TRAINING, JUST FINDING THE BEST WAY TO GET THE MESSAGE ACROSS >> Reporter: BECAUSE AT THE END OF THE DAY, THEY AGREE >> IT'S MORE IMPORTANT THAT PEOPLE ARE GOING HOME THE SAME WAY THEY CAME IN

>> Kristen: WE ALSO ASKED ABOUT NEW MINING VENTURES FOR THE STATE OF MINNESOTA SUCH AS POLYMET HE SAID THE INSPECTION AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS WILL BE SIMILAR TO THOSE THEY

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