“West Virginia Senate Bill Eliminates Mine Safety Enforcement”

By Ken Ward Jr. , Staff Writer, Charleston Gazette-Mail State safety inspectors wouldn’t inspect West Virginia’s coal mines anymore. They would conduct “compliance visits and education.” Violations of health and safety standards wouldn’t produce state citations and fines, either. Mine operators would receive “compliance assistance visit notices.” And West Virginia regulators wouldn’t have authority to write safety … Continue reading “West Virginia Senate Bill Eliminates Mine Safety Enforcement”

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“MSHA Awards $1 Million Dollars In 2016 Brookwood-Sago Training Grants”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEOVVx3rDyI Funding will foster mine rescue training, mine emergency preparedness ARLINGTON, Va. – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration announced today it has awarded $1 million to six organizations to develop training programs and materials that support mine rescue and mine emergency preparedness for underground mines. A provision in the Mine … Continue reading “MSHA Awards $1 Million Dollars In 2016 Brookwood-Sago Training Grants”

“MSHA Launches Enhanced Safety Standards Enforcement To Encourage Better Examinations By Industry’s Operators”

Heightened focus starts July 1 in effort to protect miners, prevent fatalities   ARLINGTON, Va. – On July 1, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration will begin enhanced enforcement of “Rules to Live By,” its initiative of standards commonly cited following mine deaths, and nine underground coal mine exam rule standards … Continue reading “MSHA Launches Enhanced Safety Standards Enforcement To Encourage Better Examinations By Industry’s Operators”

MSHA Announces Results of July Impact Inspections

MSHA News Release: [08/29/2012] Contact Name: Amy Louviere Phone Number: (202) 693-9423 Release Number: 12-1757-NAT MSHA announces results of July impact inspections ARLINGTON, Va. — The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration today announced that federal inspectors issued 262 citations, 19 orders and three safeguards during special impact inspections conducted at eight … Continue reading MSHA Announces Results of July Impact Inspections

MSHA’s ‘Examinations’ Rule For Underground Coal Mines Effective August 6, 2012

  ERegulation requires mine operators to identify and correct hazardous conditions ARLINGTON, Va. — The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration's final rule "Examinations of Work Areas in Underground Coal Mines for Violations of Mandatory Health or Safety Standards," which was published April 6, 2012, in the Federal Register, becomes effective today. … Continue reading MSHA’s ‘Examinations’ Rule For Underground Coal Mines Effective August 6, 2012

MSHA Announces Results of June Impact Inspections

  MSHA News Release: [07/31/2012] Contact Name: Amy Louviere Phone Number: (202) 693-9423 Release Number: 12-1552-NAT MSHA announces results of June impact inspections Mine placed on pattern of violations in 2011 is one of targeted operations ARLINGTON, Va. — The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration today announced that federal inspectors issued … Continue reading MSHA Announces Results of June Impact Inspections

64 Percent Of U.S. Mines Lack Communications Gear: MSHA

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- U.S. coal mine operators remain well short of meeting a 5-year-old congressional mandate to equip underground mines with high-tech systems for communicating to the surface and tracking the movements of miners, a federal official said. The figures show 64 percent of more than 500 underground coal mines don't have the required equipment, … Continue reading 64 Percent Of U.S. Mines Lack Communications Gear: MSHA

Massey Safety Chief Indicted In Mine Disaster Probe

Federal agents arrested a Massey Energy chief of security Monday on charges of lying to the FBI and obstructing the criminal investigation into last year's deadly mine disaster in West Virginia. Hughie Elbert Stover, 60, of Clear Fork, W.Va., was indicted on Feb. 25. The indictment is the first in the mine disaster investigation and … Continue reading Massey Safety Chief Indicted In Mine Disaster Probe

ASSE to Congress: Shuttering OSHA, MSHA Programs Would be a Mistake

The American Society of Safety Engineers said it generally supports the administration’s FY 2011 budget for OSHA and MSHA but urges Congressional leaders to ensure the funds are used to fulfill OSHA’s mission by restoring funding for the agency’s Voluntary Protection Program and MSHA’s Educational Policy and Development. In his May 28 letter to the … Continue reading ASSE to Congress: Shuttering OSHA, MSHA Programs Would be a Mistake

Massey Mines: Serious Problems Have Been Found Since Explosion Killed 29 Miners

Federal inspectors have found more than 60 serious safety violations at Massey Energy operations since the explosion that killed 29 miners, adding to fallout from the disaster that includes a wrongful death lawsuit by one of the men's widows. Inspectors visited more than 30 underground Massey coal mines in West Virginia, Kentucky and Virginia after … Continue reading Massey Mines: Serious Problems Have Been Found Since Explosion Killed 29 Miners

History of Mine Safety and Health Legislation in the USA

In 1891, Congress passed the first federal statute governing mine safety. This 1891 law was relatively modest legislation that applied only to mines in U.S. territories, and, among other things, established minimum ventilation requirements at underground coal mines and prohibited operators from employing children under 12 years of age. In 1910, following a decade in … Continue reading History of Mine Safety and Health Legislation in the USA