MSHA reports on 14th, 15th, 16th fatalities

MSHA recently released the preliminary findings from the industry’s 14th-16th fatalities of 2022. On August 11, the agency said that, on July 21, a miner at Giant Cement Co., Dorchester County, S.C., received fatal injuries when his right arm became entangled in an auger (screw) conveyor. It was the 16th fatality reported in 2022, and the sixth classified under Machinery. …

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U.S. Department of Labor awards funds for mine safety awareness

The U.S. Department of Labor announced that it has awarded $985,284 in grants to support the development and delivery of education and training by 10 organizations that will help identify, avoid and prevent unsafe working conditions in and around the nation’s mines. Supported by the Brookwood-Sago Mine Safety grant program, recipients will create training materials, promote and conduct mine safety training or…

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New app will provide miners with health, safety, miners’ rights information

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration launched an app for use on iPhone and Android devices that will help get timely information directly to miners and members of the mining community. The app allows miners to easily use the tool at mine sites and outside of working hours to search for best safety and health practices…

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Court affirms MSHA citation against KenAmerican Resources

A federal appeals court has ruled unanimously that KenAmerican Resources violated the Mine Safety and Health Act more than a decade ago by giving underground miners advance notice that Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) inspectors were conducting an inspection. The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision on May 11 is the latest action in a long-standing litigation involving an…

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MSHA Reports Eighth Fatality

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) reported that on Feb. 28, a contract miner died when he was crushed between the rib and a single boom face drill. The victim was alongside the drill using the onboard tram lever controls when the accident occurred because the remote control was inoperable. This is the eighth fatality reported in 2022, and…

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MSHA issues reports for year’s first four fatalities

On February 23, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) reported that on Jan. 14, a 44-year-old contract laborer with 13 years of total experience received fatal injuries when he fell 27 feet to a concrete surface.  At the time of the accident, the contractor was on a belt conveyor in a coal preparation plant and was working to replace…

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MSHA rolls out safety campaign

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has announced the “Take Time Save Lives” campaign to reach miners, promote best practice resources, and ensure mine operators have the tools they need to fully train miners to use equipment. “The purpose of this new campaign is simple: mine operators need to take the time to train miners on equipment and safety…

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MSHA issues safety reminder for development mining near wells

The Mine Safety and Health Administration released a safety notice in February for the nation’s mining operations relating to development mining near wells, an issue it says is happening thousands of times across the U.S. In the new notice, the agency points out that much has changes for both the mining and gas industries in recent years: “Today’s coal mines…

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