March 2, 2022 | Benna Hughes

Mining Best Practices From the Global TapRooT® Summit

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At a past Global TapRooT® Summit, we had a Mining Best Practices session.  In honor of the upcoming 2022 Summit, I wanted to share the takeaways with you from that session on Mining Best Practices, facilitated by one of our wonderful contract instructors, Ken Scott.  

Here is what Ken had to say about that best practices session. Read through and see if you can find a best practice here that would work for your company:

  • “We had a good turnout at the Mining Best Practices Session. Here are some of the comments we captured during the session at the Summit on Friday.”

What has worked?

  • “TapRooT® provided a consistent mechanism to move “out of the box” thinking for incident investigations/causation. Helped to look at all the causes instead of the violations of standards or policies.”

Best practice ideas from mining companies/workers

  • One company’s policy was to make up the team from individuals outside of the affected area. They felt it would hold down the preconceived biases and give a fresh look at the incident. Team leaders were selected based on their turn to lead a team and were not assigned. Driven by upper management to identify best practices and reduce risk.
  • Another company’s teams consisted of 3-5 members, including a contract individual if it involves a contractor. Management committed to giving members time to conduct the investigation. Most reports were completed in 28 days.
  • Notably, another mining best practice involved the relationship with contractors. They prequalified contractors, expecting them to perform at the same level as the company. Contractors were considered part of the team; therefore, the contractor’s incident rate was part of the company’s rate — a “one team” concept with contractors participating in most investigations.

    Where possible, this company trained contractor individuals as they trained company individuals in the TapRooT® process. What they have found is that contractors feel support from the company. It also helps with corrective actions when they involve the contractor. When contractors see this relationship, they strive to reach higher standards in their safety/health program.

On May 2-6, 2022, our Global TapRooT® Summit will once again be in session here in Knoxville, Tennessee. TapRooT® users from around the world will gather to share in and learn from advanced breakout sessions, hear amazing keynotes, and best of all share best practices.

Learn from the Best Practices Breakout Sessions at the 2022 Global TapRooT® Summit — a focused community of experience, knowledge, success in work safety and efficiency

Gain the work-critical shared knowledge of those in the industry: Register your team for the 2022 Global TapRooT® Summit. We’ll gather in Knoxville, Tennessee, May 2-6, for a networking and learning experience like no other, with industry leaders from around the world. Take a look at the 2022 Summit’s best practices schedule. Pre-Summit courses: May 2-3; Summit: May 4-6.

If you have a best practice to share, let us know.

Are you are a mining company who would like to stop incidents from happening at your sites? Contact me at and I will be happy to share with you how TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis will benefit your company.

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