Counseling in coal mines: Prospects in terms of occupational health and safety

The article discusses counseling as a next level of traineeship management at workplace, which is a requisite of teaching system in occupational health and safety in coal mines. The addressed issues of scientific justification of traineeship at workplace, which is of particular concern for young employees, are negligibly examined in scientific literature in Russia. The international system of labor nurturing reasonably assumes young employees as the most vulnerable staff subject to high injury risk. The audit data on the rate of industrial injuries at an open pit coal mine in 2018, 2019 and 2020 are given. Based on the audit results, the group of personnel most subject to the risk of accidents is identified as the employees having the length of work less than 5 years. The comparison of the modern counseling models reveals the most promising models to become a scientific framework for the innovative counseling as an effective prevention tool of industrial injuries in coal mining. The relevant conclusions are drawn and the further research areas are defined as follows: elaboration of a counseling methodology; development of a target model for the most vulnerable personnel groups, first of all, employees with length of service of 1–5 years. The target-oriented counseling modeling should use the beneficial experience gained by coal mining companies in the sphere of counseling.

Keywords: occupational health and safety, industrial injuries, coal mining company, teaching, traineeship, counseling at workplace.
For citation:

Kuleckij K. V., Rudakov M. L., Bolshunova O. M. Counseling in coal mines: Prospects in terms of occupational health and safety. MIAB. Mining Inf. Anal. Bull. 2021;(9):145158. [In Russ]. DOI: 10.25018/0236_1493_2021_9_0_145.

Issue number: 9
Year: 2021
Page number: 145-158
ISBN: 0236-1493
UDK: 331.45
DOI: 10.25018/0236_1493_2021_9_0_145
Article receipt date: 09.06.2021
Date of review receipt: 05.07.2021
Date of the editorial board′s decision on the article′s publishing: 10.08.2021
About authors:

K.V. Kuleckij, Chief Specialist of Risk Management of Industrial Safety, Labor Protection and Occupational Medicine, JSC «SUEK», 115054, Moscow, Russia, e-mail:,
M.L. Rudakov1, Dr. Sci. (Eng.), Professor, Head of Chair, e-mail:,
O.M. Bolshunova1, Cand. Sci. (Eng.), Assistant Professor, e-mail:,
1 Saint-Petersburg Mining University, 199106, Saint-Petersburg, Russia


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K.V. Kuleckij, e-mail:


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