MSHA releases winter safety checklist

The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is urging miners and operators to remain alert during the winter months as temperatures drop and safety hazards rise. The agency is stressing best practices for all, including surface operations where clearing ice and snow from roads and walkways are at the top of the list, along with applying salt or sand…

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MSHA’s Williamson marks National Miners Day

For the 13th time, the U.S. marked National Miners Day, and U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) assistant secretary for mine safety and health Christopher Williamson marked the occasion in a statement. “Each December, our nation marks National Miners Day to recognize the contributions and sacrifices of America’s miners,” Williamson said. “Our miners and their families deserve our gratitude…

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MSHA Reports Seventh Machinery Death of 2022

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has reported that on August 4, a mine manager at Wooten Sand & Gravel Inc., Miller County, Ark. died while performing maintenance on a bulldozer.   While kneeling on the bulldozer’s track, the victim accidentally engaged the lever that put the bulldozer in reverse. The bulldozer track moved the victim to the rear…

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No injuries in Lila Canyon mine fire

An underground fire is reportedly still ongoing at the Lila Canyon coal operation in Emery County, Utah, after more than a week, but regulatory officials have said no injuries have been reported. According to local news outlets The Salt Lake Tribune, KSL-TV and ETV News, the Utah Division of Oil, Gas and Mining said the fire began last Tuesday, September…

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MSHA reports 15th fatality

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) reported that on June 20, 2022, a 50-year-old miner at a Lhoist Group plant in Virginia died when the excavator he was operating underground slid over an elevated loading pad and was engulfed by lime dust.  This is the 15th fatality reported in 2022, and the fifth classified as “Machinery.”  MSHA recommends the…

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MSHA remembers Sunshine mine 50 years later

In early May, the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Sunshine mine disaster in Idaho that trapped 173 workers underground and killed 91. It was a “day that changed the mining industry forever,” according to the agency: on May 2, 1972, a fire broke out underground at the operation in Kellogg just before noon…

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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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