Mining is among the most dangerous jobs in America. Our miners risk cave-ins, explosions, falls, and exposure to hazardous materials that can impact their lives long after they have hung up their hard hats. I was injured in a work-related fall in 1983, so I know first-hand the dangers workers face every day.
Residents around mining operations also bear risks to their health. Dangerous materials can be left in mine tailings, the debris left over when the mineral is extracted. Unchecked, they can run off into water supply, or blow away with the wind. Abandoned mines pose a safety risk as well, as explorers, children, and others who are in the wrong place at the wrong time can be injured or die in these mines.
It is the role of the Mine Inspector to protect the miners and the public. Bill Pierce is certified by the Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA) and the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA). He knows mining regulations and will work to ensure active mines are safe for workers and those who live around them. Through active enforcement of current mines, Bill will help generate the revenue necessary to secure the more than 2,500 abandoned mines in Arizona to protect the lives of those exploring Arizona’s beautiful landscapes.