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

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National Safety Survey: Accidents Happen … Or Do They?

When asked about the current state of workplace safety, EHS professionals responded in droves – but didn’t always agree. A record number of more than 1,200 EHS professionals responded to EHS Today's annual National Safety Survey to share information about themselves, their work environments and their views on the current state of workplace safety. With … Continue reading National Safety Survey: Accidents Happen … Or Do They?

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