MSHA April impact inspections yield 247 violations

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) completed impact inspections at 15 mines in 11 states in April, issuing 247 violations and two safeguards. Out of these violations, 67 were considered significant and substantial.

“April’s impact inspections found serious conditions that placed miners at risk of slip, trip and fall and powered haulage hazards,” said Assistant Secretary for Mine Safety and Health Chris Williamson. “More than half of the fatal accidents so far this year have involved powered haulage. Mine operators, contractors and miners need to remain vigilant in identifying and eliminating hazards.”

 The April inspections were completed at mines in Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and Wyoming. MSHA conducts impact inspections at mines that merit increased agency attention and enforcement due to poor compliance history; previous accidents, injuries and illnesses; and other compliance concerns. 

Since last year, MSHA inspectors have identified 3,580 violations, including 1,026 significant and substantial violations and 63 unwarrantable failure findings.

Source: MSHA

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