OSHA Wants To Make Workplace Safety Reports Public

OSHA has proposed major changes in workplace reporting rules that would require large companies to file injury and illness reports electronically so they can be posted online and made available to the public. Safety advocates said the proposal by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration would put more pressure on companies to comply with safety … Continue reading OSHA Wants To Make Workplace Safety Reports Public

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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

Suspect Air Packs Still Being Used at Coal Mines

Two years of testing have found a critical defect in a certain model of emergency breathing devices used in U.S. coal mines, but federal regulators have no immediate plans to remove the more than 70,000 air packs that could remain in use. The SR-100 self-contained self-rescuers are belt-worn air packs about the size of three … Continue reading Suspect Air Packs Still Being Used at Coal Mines

West Virginia Upper Big Branch Mine Ex-Security Chief Gets 3 Year Prison Term

A U.S. judge sentenced the former security chief at a West Virginia mine to three years in prison after being convicted of two felonies related to a federal probe into the worst U.S. coal mining disaster in 40 years, in which 29 workers died. Hughie Elbert Stover, 60, was convicted in October for making false … Continue reading West Virginia Upper Big Branch Mine Ex-Security Chief Gets 3 Year Prison Term

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

Massey CEO to Take the 5th in Mine Disaster Probe

Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship will not cooperate fully with a probe into the catastrophic mine explosion that killed 29 workers at the company’s West Virginia coal mine last April, according to a story today by Charleston Gazette reporter, Ken Ward, Jr. The explosion at the Upper Big Branch mine was the deadliest U.S. mining … Continue reading Massey CEO to Take the 5th in Mine Disaster Probe

Confined Space Safety Training

  Many workplaces contain spaces that are considered "confined" because their configurations hinder the activities of employees who must enter, work in, and exit them. A confined space has limited or restricted means for entry or exit, and it is not designed for continuous employee occupancy. Confined spaces include, but are not limited to underground … Continue reading Confined Space Safety Training