“Coal Mine Fatality – Blue Sky Quarries, Inc. – Blue Sky Quarry #2 in Georgia” #MSHA

PDF Version METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY – On July 20, 2017, a miner was driving wedges into a block of granite in an attempt to break it loose.  A piece of granite weighing 9 tons fell and crushed the victim against the quarry floor. Best Practices Always conduct examinations of the workplace to identify loose ground or … Continue reading “Coal Mine Fatality – Blue Sky Quarries, Inc. – Blue Sky Quarry #2 in Georgia” #MSHA

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“Coal Mine Fatality – Reading Anthracite Company – New St. Nicholas Breaker – Pa.” #MSHA

PDF Version COAL MINE FATALITY - On July 25, 2017, a 28-year-old bulldozer operator with 1 year and 9 months of mining experience was fatally injured at a surface facility.  The victim was operating a bulldozer, pushing material off of a refuse bank before the accident occurred.  He was found lying in the bulldozer’s push path … Continue reading “Coal Mine Fatality – Reading Anthracite Company – New St. Nicholas Breaker – Pa.” #MSHA

“OSHA Announces Feral Cats Are Not Vermin”

On October 4, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a press release and announced that it was proposing changes to 18 separate regulations “as part of an ongoing effort to revise provisions in its standards that may be confusing, outdated or unnecessary. The proposals run across a wide spectrum from the technical (i.e., … Continue reading “OSHA Announces Feral Cats Are Not Vermin”

“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 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

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

Enhanced DOL Enforcement Database Offers Improved Access to OSHA, MSHA Violation Data

New updates and improvements to the U.S. Department of Labor’s enforcement database offer enhanced access to OSHA and MSHA violation data. The changes, announced Aug. 23, were implemented to increase public access and understanding of agency enforcement actions. The updated site includes interactive map displays of MSHA and OSHA violation data. Users can search by … Continue reading Enhanced DOL Enforcement Database Offers Improved Access to OSHA, MSHA Violation Data

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 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

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